There You Are
"Skipper, a special message just came in for you from the admiral,"
a sailor reported to his captain, holding out a brown envelope. "I
have it right here."
"Just read it to me," said the captain.
"I think it's personal, Sir. You may want to read it in private."
"Read it aloud to me," he ordered, "unless you're embarrassed by a
little flattery." He stuck his chest out a tiny bit further.
The sailor read, "You are without a doubt, the most conceited,
self-absorbed, ego-maniac ever to command a ship in this country's
The skipper scowled. "Have that communication decoded at once."
Surely it couldn't mean what it said. The captain was like a proud
lion who strutted through the jungle. The lion came across a
chimpanzee. "Who is the king of the jungle?" he demanded.
"Why, of course, you are." The terrified chimpanzee trembled. With
that, the lion gave a mighty roar.
Next he spotted a hyena. "Who is the king of the jungle?"
The hyena was quick to respond. "You are, mighty one." She bounded
away without looking back.
Then the lion came across an elephant drinking from the river. "Who
is the king of the jungle?" he roared.
The elephant grabbed the lion with his trunk, whirled him around in
the air and threw him far into the water.
As the soggy and bedraggled beast struggled to shore he said, "Just
because you don't know the answer is no reason to get upset."
Like the skipper, the lion had trouble hearing what he didn't want
to hear. He was king of the jungle no matter what anyone else might
Have you noticed - for some people, it's all about them; for others,
it's all about you? Author and speaker Leil Lowndes puts it this
way: "There are two kinds of people in this life. Those who walk
into a room and say, 'Well, here I am.' And those who walk in and
say, 'Ah, there you are.'" I know which I am happiest to see.
I've learned how important it is to try to make others feel
important. Do you know that it is easy to talk to practically
anybody? If you want to find a subject of interest, ask them about
themselves. That way you will always have plenty to talk about.
It's important to make them feel important. If you want friends,
show an interest in people around you. No one is without a friend
who knows how to be a friend.
And if you want to take it to the next level, treat each person you
are with as if they are the most significant person in your life at
that moment. That is making the shift from "Here I am" to "There you
are." It is not always an easy shift to make. It may mean changing a
fundamental outlook or attitude. But when one can make that change,
everything else changes, too - for the better.
William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army in 1865, understood
this principle. A story is told that, one Christmas season, he tried
to think of a way to encourage all of his officers. The Salvation
Army had seen rapid growth by this time they were spread throughout
several countries. He decided to send each one a telegram. The cable
consisted of a one-word message: OTHERS. His organization grew
around that motto.
I can hardly think of a better motto for a life. A life dedicated to
"others" is one that shouts THERE YOU ARE. It is a life that is full
and happy and, best of all, worthwhile.
~ Steve Goodier ~
[ by: Steve Goodier - Copyright © 2011 - from Steve Goodier (LifeSupport@yahoogroups.com) ]
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