“There are three kinds of people in the world today. There are ‘well-poisoners,’ who discourage you and stomp on your creativity and tell you what you can’t do. There are ‘lawn-mowers,’ people who are well-intentioned but self-absorbed; they tend to their own needs, mow their own lawns, and never leave their yards to help another person. Finally, there are ‘life-enhancers,’ people who reach out to enrich the lives of others, to lift them up and inspire them. We need to be life-enhancers, and we need to surround ourselves with life-enhancers.” Walt Disney
Today, I hear a lot of discouraging words. Some of them might even have been mine. What I want, really want, is to be a life enhancer. I think I would be a really good one if I wasn’t so afraid and easily derailed. At night, I dream of being able to “park my train in a roundhouse of tranquility” so I can hit the tracks fresh and new in the morning. Instead, my train stands on the tracks in a bad side of town while hoodlums spray paint me with obscene graffiti. Not really, but it often feels that way.
And the people that I most want to reach are the least open to what I’m trying to say.
Giving up is tempting. I’ve met my share of “well poisoners” I’ve wasted valuable time believing them. I’ve wasted myself.
I understand the lawn-mowers. As much as I think I would enjoy a world of one, the truth is I’ve always understood that we are all interconnected in ways we can’t even imagine. Millions of tiny ripples do make a giant wave. No time for lawns when you’re out on the ocean.
A life-enhancers is what I want to be. How about you?