Have you seen the YouTube video of the young autistic man who sang the National Anthem at Fenway Park in front of tens of thousands of baseball fans for Disability Awareness Day? If you have, you know just how heartwarming it is when about half way through he gets nervous and the entire audience came to his rescue by joining in and proudly singing aloud in support. If you haven't, you can view it below.
I know this touched me . . . and at the same time it also made me curious.
Why wasn't the audience singing our Anthem along with the young man in the first place?
I've noticed that when I visit Canada and attend a sporting event, typically the entire audience proudly sings the Canadian Anthem from start to finish. Heck, if they are playing an American team they also sing the American Anthem, and, with few exceptions, they usually sing it louder than I generally experience here in the United States.
Whether at home or abroad, Americans have always been known for their willingness to come to the rescue of just about anyone in need. We stand ready to lend a hand whether it be for a displaced neighbor or a country in ruins. We are proud of our willingness and our reputation. I'm just curious, however, how has this impacted or conditioned us?
Have we become so confident in our ability to survive or navigate our way out of almost any problem that we have become lulled into complacency on taking steps in advance towards solving preventable challenges?
Do we really believe that we don't need to concern ourselves with issues of decline because we have a history of figuring out solutions afterwards or a belief that someone will surely come to our rescue?
Do we really need to wait until there is a major bridge collapse or a gas main explosion to recognize that our country’s infrastructure is in a state of disrepair?
Do we really expect that our Health Care System will be capable of undoing the damage we have done to our bodies from decades of physical, dietary and emotional neglect?
Do we really want to rely on Social Security to rescue us from the burden of an aging population and to take care of us in our retirement or old age?
Do we dare wait and trust that Genetically Modified crops, already banned in many other countries because of health and environmental challenges, are in our best interest?
Being responsible means more than our 'ability to respond.' Lets face it, Americans have a great track record for responding in times of need, like unavoidable tragedies or natural disasters. However, the true definition of being responsible means we are accountable to something as part of our job or role. It also means making good decisions and taking care of ourselves and others.
Doesn't it make sense that we should proactively take responsibility now for our health, our business, our cities, our community and our environment before they too are bankrupt?
You may be familiar with the saying; "Expect the best and prepare for the worst." Maybe it's time to update that to; "Expect AND Prepare for the best, or be more at risk for the worst."
Taking responsibility is our key to freedom in preventing much of the disease in our body, our businesses and our planet. We can no longer afford to be complacent with the promise of an imminent rescue.
There are many blessings living in this great country and I believe we would be best served to join in, start singing together, and choose to proactively participate in some more sustainable models!
It's time. We are the ones we have been waiting for!
Wishing you success in proactively creating a more sustainable business and life!
Founder and CEO
Destiny Training Systems
Over the past 30 years Destiny Training Systems has facilitated consulting and training for over 480 companies and thousands of Entrepreneurs from around the world.