Have you ever noticed what it takes to make a whole? Well, of course, it takes every part to make a whole.
Part of being my best is being clean and shiny, not letting the muck of life change my attitude and not letting myself get into slinging muck on others (you know gossip and slander) I also need to make sure that my focus is in the right place so that I don't run astray. It takes a unified vision in order for a group to get somewhere. First that group needs to agree on that vision and then that group must cooperate in order to reach that vision.
If a group wants to run with the best then it needs to be the best and that takes hard work. It also takes perseverance and hope to get the group past the hard parts. There are always going to be hard parts to get past because that is just the way it works on this Earth. The good news about that is that when we get past those hard parts then it really feels good. There is just something about that feeling that comes with hard won victory that gives satisfaction.
One speed is not really the best. We need different speeds for different parts of the trip. When it is a straight road then the speed can be fast but when there are curves we need a slower speed so we don't end up off the road. Sometimes the speed slows down because we are going uphill. When we go over that hill we need brakes to slow us down so we don't end up in a heap.
Newer is not always better. Sometimes it is just different. There is something to be said about maturity and staying power especially when those hard times come. We don't want to be so quick to get rid of our older parts that we dumb down the whole to immaturity. Remember every part has it's place.
Remember the rough parts are good too just like the shiny parts. Sometimes the people who help us become more beautiful the quickest are the very ones who grate on our nerves the most. I know how hard it is to stand under someones criticism or mean acts. I have found that when I rise above it and continue to do right even under those circumstances then it shapes me and perfects me and becomes a stepping stone up or I can let it be a stone on my head that pushes me down. The thing is that it is my choice which it will be.
It takes every part to make a whole. Do you see that statement differently now? I hope it also helps you to appreciate the other parts of any group you are part of. I hope it helps you to rise above, look beyond, learn the lessons, and celebrate the parts as well as the whole. All the photos for this post were taken at the 2014 Cruisin' The Brazos Car Show in Seymour, Texas. I hope you enjoyed them.