It is my understanding one of the first steps to recovery is admitting addiction. Well, I am an addict and I have been for about eight years now. I can’t say the end of my addiction was brought on by anything I have done; Fox ended my vice last night, 24 is over!
Yes I have rearranged meetings, put off doing chores and even calculated how I could be near a television on Monday nights. Is it true, it’s over? Wow, now what… Well, my wife certainly is out high fiving all those she meets today. She could never understand how it captivated me as it did. I guess I don’t know either haha
Here is a, “shout out” for the Fox channel and all who had a part in the final night. Why, you may ask? The ending proved a valuable moral point; what is right is right. If you hold to your principles, persevere to the end, eventually truth will prevail.
My daughter was writing an essay on hypocrisy the other day. While she was accumulating ideas, she asked me a couple of things to help clarify her thoughts. In her innocence, she could not find in her mind why someone would act, do or say anything contrary to their feelings, beliefs or morals.
I shared with her some recent facts I learned in my current leadership role. An individual admitted they are a chameleon. While I knew this, it amazed me they both admitted it and felt it is okay. I told her this individual acts one way in certain groups and entirely different around others. They have one goal or wish; to be popular, have power or be persuasive. For this person, these desires come at the expense of having character; they peruse tirelessly the thought of, “Winning friends and influencing people.”
My daughter was amazed; she commented, “Are you serious? Daddy, that is so sad, how would they keep up with their lies and deception?” My response was they can’t and eventually the light shines bright on who they are and why they act as they do.
Not wanting to stand on my high horse but wanting to share personal experiences; I shared with her the following. In my life, when I made what I felt was the right (sometimes unpopular) decision; it was the appropriate thing to do. Some of these choices have come at high cost in popularity or personal gain; at the time. I assured her, there will be times the path chosen will quickly resolve itself and others which will occur over years but in every circumstance the decision will prove to be invaluable.
As a father I know she will live a life full of self-satisfaction by following this simple truth. Oddly enough, as a default/unsolicited she will be wildly popular, more successful and reach the highest heights by these simple yet profound actions.
Jack Bauer, for me held to what was right; his honor. He, as a result nearly lost his life through the efforts of “friends.” He held to what they too knew was right at nearly all costs. In the end, his courage allowed for many to sense the inner satisfaction gained when truth prevails. Those around him who were out for personal gain, popularity or power lost everything. He, on the other hand gained the greatest gift; authenticity. His only requirement was to remain true to his convictions.
Hold onto what you sense is right, regardless of the outcome. Thank you Fox for giving my addiction a positive ending. Thanks to my daughter for letting the teacher to be taught.