BEING THE BRIDGE
This is a topic that I've been wanting to discuss for a while - what it means to be the Bridge between another person and their goals. The process of being the Bridge allows another to have a path - from where they are, to where they want to be. You may coach someone, sponsor someone, or train someone. However, being the Bridge doesn't have to be a full time, long term commitment. It can be as small and simple as a kind word to a homeless person. Essentially, it is taking someone else, and giving them hope, instruction, or sincere constructive acts of kindness without seeking anything in return. In my opinion, it is the most fulfilling thing you can do in your life. When I coach the lower level belts in Brazilian Jujitsu, showing them new moves or helping them perfect ones they know, this process reminds me of how it should be, and reinforces the skill set for myself also. Repetition is the mother of all skill, after all. When I help others in recovery - bringing another into the sober dimension I have now, going through that initial process with them continuously reminds me of the life I left behind, the constant struggle, and what I was willing to settle for in the early days of getting sober. It also gives me such fulfillment watching them build a life that they didn't even imagine possible before I was able to be that bridge. I train guys on a sales floor every day. That allows me to be able to see where I once was, reinforce my own knowledge, and put more effort to put into practicing what I preach. I spend so much time hearing, and repeating, old sayings and cliches - and there is a lot to be said for them. I often use them here in my blogs. However, it is important to know what they mean, and make sure you apply them. Unlocked For Life is the ultimate Bridge that I can create for others - helping them take that step away from the cycle of returning to jail or prison, and assist them in making better decisions, set up a new life, change their way of thinking and acting and being. I strive to be their Bridge, and show them how to be each others bridge's, to help them live a new life as a member of society regardless of their background. So I urge you, if you are struggling with anything in your life, don't be alone! Find a bridge! Find a mentor or coach, and let them be a Bridge to take you to your goals. In return, if you see someone struggling, be their Bridge. Help someone else, and at the same time, help yourself. Let's pass on some of the good will in our lives that was once given to us from someone ,somewhere and time in our life so freely.