May 312014
 

“Several times a week, the instructors would line up the class and do a uniform inspection. It was exceptionally thorough.

Your hat had to be perfectly starched, your uniform immaculately pressed and your belt buckle shiny and void of any smudges.

But it seemed that no matter how much effort you put into starching your hat, or pressing your uniform or polishing your belt buckle—- it just wasn’t good enough.

The instructors would find “something” wrong.

For failing the uniform inspection, the student had to run, fully clothed into the surfzone and then, wet from head to toe, roll around on the beach until every part of your body was covered with sand.

The effect was known as a “sugar cookie.” You stayed in that uniform the rest of the day—cold, wet and sandy.”

You are never going to succeed at everything you do.   There will be times where, no matter how well you prepare, no matter how hard you work, you’ll still end up as a sugar cookie.  

And being cold, wet and sandy for the day isn’t any fun.

But that is how life is sometimes.

And if we want to change the world, we need to accept that everything we do is NOT going to change the world.    Things will work and things won’t work.

But that doesn’t mean we don’t stop trying.

Tom