Sklover’s Monday Thought: “Right Track – Wrong Approach?”

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“Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”

– Will Rogers⁣

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Humorist Will Rogers had a lot to share, and always shared it with a whimsical twist. Perhaps it was his well-rounded and prolific life as a Cherokee-American, an adored comedian, professional cowboy, widely read newspaper columnist, vaudeville performer, and at one time Hollywood’s highest paid actor. Yes, he saw life from multiple perspectives.

Will’s point in this quote is simple, but deep: Don’t expect your world to remain unchanged, not even for a full day, especially if you feel you’ve arrived on “easy street.”

In reality, nothing stays the same; each of us has to keep our eyes wide open for what’s coming toward us on our life’s path. If you feel you’ve “made it” or “arrived,” think again, because all that means is that you may soon be a victim of your own complacency. Simply aging – something we all do one day at a time – brings with it new challenges each and every day.

Especially in today’s ever-changing circumstances, you need to remain vigilant. Want to avoid the digital world? What a change that’s been. Want to stay away from the approaching effects of artificial intelligence? Just wait a year or two, it will be at your doorstep.

Observe. Seek signs. Be early to adapt. And, too, anticipate what may be next. It can’t but help to be ready to put on your hat and galoshes before it starts to rain.

This quote was recently transmitted to us by an old friend who appreciates wit and humor, and practices both daily. Like Will Rogers, he often seems a natural born comedian, and is quite intent on being helpful to all of those who share his day with him. And the best way he does that is to always have an available insight in one of his eyes, and a ready laugh in the other. Quite a person.

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