Who’s Presiding Here?

Presidents Day seems like a rather random holiday to me.  But I’ve found considerable meaning as I’ve reflected on the meaning of the word: to preside.

preside  (prɪˈzaɪd) – v.

1. to sit in or hold a position of authority, as over a meeting
2. to exercise authority; control
3. to occupy a position as an instrumentalist: he presided at the organ

Every single one of us is president of something.  Being cognizant of what you have authority over positions you to use your influence for the best possible outcome.  It was Plato who said, “The first and best victory is to conquer self.” If you’re a parent, you  have authority over your children and your home.  (Whether you are exercising it well is another matter.)  I’m of the belief that’s where the solid foundation for lasting leadership is built. Families are the greenhouse of society.

It’s easy to sit in the comfort of our homes and talk about what’s wrong with America. Take note that when you point your finger at someone, there’s one finger pointed out and 3 pointed toward yourself.

You are president over your world.  It may be you need to give attention to your grades at YOU-niversity

“You can never conquer the mountain. You can only conquer yourself.”
–  Jim Whittaker -First American to reach the summit of Mt. Everest

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