I watch this show called Bar Rescue. It’s so good. So many peoples lives are changed as a result of his work. This guy Jon Taffer comes into struggling bars and observes and after he can’t take watching them violate so many codes and rules he shuts them down. The best part about Jon is he doesn’t just criticize them and talk down to them. He doesn’t just go in and point out what’s so wrong, he stays and invest in transforming the place before he walks away. Wouldn’t the world be a better place if we only opened our mouths to offer advice to those we’re actually committed to helping them take off and go somewhere great? Seems like the opposite in the world today. People love to tear down and offer nothing more.
Jon Taffer comes in as a professional who takes his field so seriously, that what he sees makes him usually so perturbed that he loses it. He gets upset by the lack of excellence people operate their businesses with that he demands them to be accountable. That’s because he’s invested. Don’t do this for people you’re not invested in. Be advised; Investing in people is much more than showing up when it’s convenient for you. While watching this particular episode Jon told the family who owned the struggling bar that he won’t do anything to help them until they cleaned their kitchen thoroughly. The co-owners response to Jon was so powerful. She said “I thought we were clean!”
She was literally blown away by what was obvious to others, but it actually took someone else coming in to tell her that they had the worse kitchen they had ever seen.
How often do we look at our lives the same way? We think we are so clean! We think we are so perfect and our lives are so together. It’s not until we become vulnerable and tell the truth, and open our lives up to scrutiny that we find out everything we do is not right. With observation comes truth and with truth comes awakening and the reality that we are not “all that” if we would be honest. If we want to take off in life, and I hope we all do; we should move beyond the veneer of image and the false appearance of being so awesome. Some of us aren’t taking off because we refuse to accept the fact that we all have some stuff in our lives that needs cleaning. Whether it’s our mouth, our attitude, our mentality,… we all could be better.
These are challenging times in the world. I’m so saddened to see how many unofficial expert opinions people have on other people’s lives. This is not the time to bite and devour one another. This is the time for more love, compassion and empathy. The world is in an uproar, hopefully you’re not contributing to it. None of us are so clean. Let’s be real. This virus spreading is proof that none of us are actually in control of what’s happening. You could be doing all the “right” things and still infect someone. Maybe it’s not with COVID 19, but maybe it’s with humiliating words, and judgmental comments. It’s none of our jobs to inspect other people’s lives. Not unless you’re Jon Taffer. Lol. I’m trying. Anyone else trying?
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