My father hates when I tell this story and has even tried a little revisionist history about it as the years have gone by. But it is true and it had a profound impact on my worldview. We were living through a period of financial difficulty and did not have a car at the time.
But Dad- who was a single father raising two sons- had friends of his, lady friends, frequently coming to our sparsely furnished apartment to hang out with him or to take him out. My brother was a senior in high school and I noticed the same dynamic with him. Dad had had a few drinks one afternoon and I asked him about the beautiful visitors he and my brother had and whether it was a problem that we didn’t have a car.
Dad looked up from his book and said:
“Son, you can’t drive no damned car up in no woman’s bedroom.”
Well damn. Message delivered. Loud and clear. Dad was normally a very eloquent guy but I guess he felt like making it plain so he channeled his inner-Muddy Waters. The take-away is this:
Eventually, It All Comes Down To You. Your Own Intrinsic Value Has To Be Sufficient To Meet The Moment- Whatever It Requires.
He wishes he’d put that differently, but I like it just how it is. It has helped me many times along the way and I hope it helps you. Godspeed.
∞ Thanks for checking in- Do your thing today and I’ll see you tomorrow π