Is today a good day--a Vigilant One? Or, is today a Terror Day?
Pick one or the other, but don't try and squeeze in between.
Tuesday, April 6,
2004—Ground Zero Plus 937
Today? Is it A Good (Vigilant) Or Bad (Terror) Day?
GROUND ZER0, New York, N.Y.--April 6, 2004 -- I have a choice
today. I can make today one of Terror or one of Vigilance,
either a good or bad day can be had by me.
But, like most of us, I try and squeeze myself in
between the choices. Like the kid who isn't eager to raise
his hand in class for fear of being wrong, I often duck and weave, and
pretend "today is just another day, a long continuum of previous days,
another piece of colorless string in a great ball of string called
I try and
circumvent reality and hide from the day's bright and dark side
In other words, I hide
from the day's bright side and dark side, or, attempt to.
I try and circumvent reality that dictates today will be as good as I
make it or as bad as I make it, and that, no matter what I do, I
cannot hide in the middle.
A friend of mine once told me
that I could not "coast" in life. That is, there is no way
I can avoid the gravity of life's pushes and pulls. He
underscored his statement with the comment: "Cliff, the only
direction you can coast is downhill. Gravity will not allow you
He further reminded me that people who think they are
standing still in life are not. He reinforced the fact the
world turns on its axis at 1,000mph, and despite all efforts to hide
under the covers of life, life was marching by at rapid speed.
In a nutshell, he was telling me I had to either be
Vigilant each day and accept life on life's term, or, be Terrorized by
pretending I was powerless over it, and live in the shadows of Fear,
Intimidation and Complacency regarding Time itself.
It is the reminder of our ultimate mortality and, the
axis of our value. Time reminds us we have a mission on this
earth that extends beyond being fertilizer and worm food.
We can choose to be Sentinels of Vigilance. We
can choose to take the Pledge of Vigilance and subscribe to battling
our Fear with Courage, to suppress our Intimidation with One Percent
more Conviction, and to quash our Complacency with Right Actions that
benefit the Children's Children's Children.
I chose to
rise out of the rut of life
Or, we can wait for the Beast of Terror to come chew us to death,
I was reminded there is no middle ground this
Life is to be used to evolve, or, it becomes a
grave disguised as a rut.
This morning, I chose to rise out of the rut
because it is, after all, Easter Season. It is a time for all
people to think through the renewal of their human vows, to reexamine
the values of life and to see, hopefully, that the focus of their
values should rest upon the future of the Children's Children's
If for no other reason to renew one's existence,
it is that perhaps something one does may, in some circuitous manner,
impact a child's life and make that life just a little better than it
might have been had that person become Complacency about life's values
and given up on it by refusing to embrace its ultimate purpose--the
The Pledge of
Vigilance is a lifejacket for me
That's why the Pledge of Vigilance is a lifejacket for me.
When I wear it, I realize life has values beyond my meager vision of
today being like yesterday, which was like the day before the day
before, and that today might be the same as it was then and therefore
not worth the effort.
But then, when I think of the
children exploring the world, and how I might possibly find some way
to sweep the path they walk clear of the Beasts of Terror that lurk in
the bushes to ambush the children and drive them, as they have me,
into caves of despair and frustration, where Fear, Intimidation and
Complacency line the walls, I am enthused to seek my broom and sweep
the path for the children.
This alone makes life worth living
Fights To Be A "Retailer Of Vigilance"