“It’s not fair!” As a parent there is a certain point in our children’s adolescence when this tends to be their most used phrase.
“It’s not fair, the sports teacher prefers boys and the girls never get top marks! It’s not fair, I did all the work for the team project and everyone else just loafed. It’s not fair, all the teachers favor Jack, even though he hardly ever studies and his grades are terrible. I do all my homework and even the extra credit work and the teachers hardly know I exist. My ears are too big and they make me look ugly. It’s not fair!”
Well, get ready for the shock of a lifetime. Life is not fair! There are plenty of times when the bad guy wins, teachers and managers play favorites, good people die young, friends let you down and not everyone is trustworthy. And sometimes, no matter how smart you are or how competent, they give the job to the better looking or better dressed! Life is definitely not fair!
But the good news is, life is an equal opportunity employer. What I mean by this is everyone must live by the same one great rule of life; rich or poor, genius or average, beautiful or normal, tall or short. No one escapes the great rule of life.
Okay, so what is the great rule of life. Simple.
The only guarantee is Admit One, the rest is up to you.
There are no promises for success or failure, happiness or despair, famous or unknown. All we are guaranteed is Admit One. We get into the game of life and the outcome is not predestined; it’s up to you.
Some people are born with all the advantages and waste them. Others are born into great hardship or have terrible things happen early in life, yet still manage to live fruitful and inspirational lives. Consider Nick Vujicic, born with no arms and no legs. Check out this video of Nick and see how he has made the most of his Admit One ticket into this world.
“There are no guarantees in life. All you get is a ticket that says, Admit One. The rest is up to you!” ~Thomas D Willhite
Recently I retired an old leather briefcase I had been using for the past 25 years. It was battered, stained and several of the zippers were broken. As I was digging around in the bottom to get all the flotsam and jetsam of a life spent traveling from client to client I found, wedged into one corner, a large paper clip holding two things: A very worn and frayed Admit One ticket and a US penny of my birth year.
When I first learned the concept of Admit One, I got hold of these two objects, put them together in the clip, and carried them with me, as a reminder, that life is what you make it. Every so often I would pull out my Admit One ticket to remind myself of this one great principle of life. Especially when I had a failure or we lost a contract or something negative happened in my life. It didn’t change the event, but it did help to refocus my attitude in a more positive direction.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we taught these kinds of life lessons in our schools along with the other subjects? I wish I had learned the Admit One principle a lot younger. At least I could have saved my parents from all my outbursts of “It’s not fair!”
Tight Lines . . .
PS. I have a new briefcase and I also have a brand new Admit One ticket clipped next to my birth year penny. Ready for the next of life’s adventures.
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