This weekend I went to the cinema to watch “The Greatest Showman” as so many had told be what an entertaining film it was. I have to say I was quite surprised as I was not expecting the musical and dance spectacular it turned out to be!! …and it was an entertaining viewing with many a valuable lesson in humanity.
As you probably know, I am a great fan of lyrics. I often see them as modern-day poetry and so often with a valuable message within. In one of the tracks in the film I was reminded of how we can all get carried away with our pursuit of “better things”. It is all too easy for us to get caught on the treadmill of “bettering ourselves” through promotions and pay rises to attain more: get a bigger house, nicer car, better holidays etc. etc., but what happens in reality? How often does the pursuit of these things take us further away from what actually makes us happy and what was the original inspiration for our “betterment journey”?
In the song “From Now On” in the film, the words are:
I drank champagne with kings and queens
The politicians praised my name
But those are someone else’s dreams
The pitfalls of the man I became
For years and years
I chased their cheers
The crazy speed of always needing more
But when I stop
And see you here
I remember who all this was for
In your life, who is it all for? Do you know? Do you ever think about it?
I have nothing against hard work nor the pursuit of better and greater things…those who know me well will acknowledge this! But, my word of caution, to myself and to all is…never forget why you are doing this and who it is for, for once we do, we lose our soul, our authenticity and we are simply on the treadmill for the sake of being on the treadmill, like so many others.
My challenge – Take time to know yourself and your intent. When the treadmill stops, what would you love others to be saying about you?
After all, iTS Leadership!
Author: Antony Tinker