“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” African Proverb
If there has been a steady drum that has been beating in the rhythm of my life, it’s that dreaming and doing is not a solo sport. In this day and age of social media it’s easy for everyone to know everything about you, but not really be known. It’s one thing for the kid that sat behind you in 7th Grade to see the photo of your In-N-Out Burger on Facebook, it’s another to have real relationships…life giving relationships where people not only see the best in you, but make you better. People that do more than “like” your status updates.
Sure things get done faster when you are working alone, but they tend to be lame and lack the maximum impact. Comic Strips, Cartoons, Movies, and real life are full of characters that changed things together. Zach and Screetch, Laverne and Shirley, Snoopy and Woodstock, Lennon and McCartney, Lone Ranger and Tonto, Batman and Robin, Maverick and Goose, Bono and The Edge, Buzz and Woody, and of course Walt and Roy.
In this season of giving thanks, I am so grateful for the men that God has brought into my life the last 18 months to do life with. Guys that I can dream big dreams with. Guys that call me to pray over me when big moments are in front of me. Some days I get to play Batman and they support my passions and sometimes I get to play Robin and help them make their crazy ideas a reality. What is even better is when we get to dream and do together, sort of like when the Avengers or the Justice league assemble to impart awesomeness to the world.
I was reminded when Leslie was in Seattle to be with her Mom as she had surgery for almost two weeks that I have been incredibly blessed to have a wife that I have gotten to walk through life with. To say that she has been supportive of my dreams and shenanigans would be the understatement of the century.
I remember the night my parents told me they were getting divorced refusing to sleep in my bedroom. I wanted to sleep in my Lone Ranger and Tonto sleeping bag in the basement. I knew in that moment that I never wanted to experience how alone I felt that night ever again. I remember hearing Tonto call Lone Ranger his kemosabe, or his faithful friend. I believed the myth that I was too busy for real relationships. We are not meant to live live on islands alone but with people that can be a our kemosabes. They may not be riding on the horse next to us or wearing a cape and spandex but seek out the ones that will swoop in when you need them most.
In the past 30 days I have been in every timezone in the Continental US, even the imaginary Daylight Savings time. Just who are we saving this daylight for? I want my daylight back! (The last two sentences are brought to you proudly in part by ADD) Doors have been opened and ideas have been given to me to steward over that I never would imagined would be in front of me. There is no way that I could accomplish the tasks ahead of me without those that God has put in my life.
Find people do life with. Sometimes life is a desert, don’t be a Lone Ranger riding off into the sunset alone.