So the Obvious lesson of this keynote would be if you are not in need of a wheelchair and use one anyway you are taking away from someone who may have needed that wheelchair. True. I want to go deeper with this keynote.
I remember about 4 years ago I was in a leadership workshop with 40 something other participants and we were being lectured about why it’s important to be on time and how it affects the world when we are not (we had been about 30 mins late being complete. Complete meaning we were all there and ready to start the 3rd day of this particular training. Well, we actually were late double the time. Our coordinator had given us a later start time because we left the training the night before later than expected. Even after being given a later time to start, many of us took advantage of the new start time and lallygagged taking our time to reach the new arrival time and ended up late because of trains, taxis, people, traffic, and just because we were running behind. The first thing that popped in my head when we were discussing the importance of being on time was this keynote quote. “If you don’t need a wheelchair, don’t sit in a wheelchair”. Easy to interpret now, the deeper meaning. If someone gives you a new meeting time don’t take advantage by piling up more things in your plate that could possibly make you late. We New Yorkers know how the train and bus systems can be ridiculous and so it’s important to give more time in case something happens. Even if you don’t live in New York, accidents and unexpected traffic is a thing and possible to run into. It is smart to shoot for the original time that was given and just enjoy some time to yourself in the location so that you can be on time. Anytime someone gives you a crutch (wheelchair) to make it to something at a certain time, or to reschedule, or to do away with the plan all together and you don’t need the new time or the new date etc, go ahead and BE Able to keep the commitment. BE Able to make it on time to that meeting, lunch date, show, etc. BE Able to do all things that are set before you. There maybe be a time when you are unable and that wheelchair you need is being occupied by someone else who didn’t need it. Karma.
BElieve, BE Free, BE YOUtiful… BE!