I remember my first kite. Racing across the field, yanking on the string to coax it into the sky. A tail made from one of my Mom’s knotted nylon stockings. I didn’t know the first thing about aerodynamics, or more specifically, that it takes wind to keep a kite aloft. But, be that as it may, I was determined to succeed, and most of the time, I did, at least from the standpoint that it often stayed aloft.
I was a lot older when I learned the difference between the product and the principle. More specifically, what allows us to succeed is not life’s kites, or the wind that gives them flight, but instead, it is the string that binds them together.
How often, over the years I have struggled with some issue or another, mostly when it was personal, my opinion over theirs. Two ends of the string, the string being what was keeping us apart, but also what was holding us together. The wind simply keeping it aloft.
When I was running across those fields as a youth, I had no idea how many kites I would confront in my life. No conception of the difficulties I would confront, just trying to keep my opinions and beliefs aloft. I often concentrated on the kite, and the wind, and not the string.
So, here’s my advice, for what it is worth. When confronting something that you think should fly, concentrate on the string, that which binds you together. The wind is irrelevant, and the kite, well, it is only there because of you.