Stray From The Pack

Acknowledging that we know so much, why are so many seeking answers outside themselves? Why is any fad followed in hopes of grasping the inner knowledge we feel we lack?

In February, I heard promotional spots for a Webcast class touted by Oprah Winfrey that would include life-altering revelations as we awoke to our life’s real purpose. The revelations were from a book that happened to be available in a bookstore I visited the weekend prior to the Webcast. People were lining up to buy it, and I couldn’t help myself. I grabbed a copy and glanced through it. In about 15 minutes I saw where it was all going. Without revealing the whole contrived work, let me cut to the chase–live in the now, don’t carry baggage, scratch when it itches. I hope I didn’t ruin it for you.

All I could do was laugh. My wife and son looked at me like I’d lost my mind. Folks, if you paid honest money for this, I’m sorry, but that’s a shame. All I could think of was Dennis Miller’s old statement about “living in the now”: “Now I’m broke. Now I’m still broke. Now I’m selling my blood to buy some Ramen noodles.”

My friends, you and you alone are the best gauge of what is real and what is useless. The innate responses that brought you to the job, the life, the family you have are based on what is real and important to you. If you feel it doesn’t stack up, you and you alone again are the only one with the power to change it, and that comes from the inside working its way out, not the outside getting in. Do you want help from Oprah? Be in the audience on car giveaway day. Other than that, to thine own self be true. If you can get a bead on that, I guarantee results … or double your money back.

Ron Ciancutti is the Purchasing Manager for Cleveland Metroparks. He can be reached via e-mail

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