a COGnizant family life
June 16, 2007 1 Comment
I think that we can agree that we are all part of something greater than what most consider the obvious. Regardless of your beliefs, you can easily admit that you don’t have to look to far in any direction before you find yourself perplexed as to the inner workings of a person, mother nature, or technology.
But you also don’t have to try very hard to ignore them.
We are so used to seeing some of these things that the repetition eventually numbs us to what it must have taken to figure out things. Like the schematic of a human body, what it takes to make a tree can bear fruit, or what the process was that allows me to write this article on my company issue Lappy 486?
What about a watch?
If you are like my wife, you look at your watch 654,342 times per day. If you are like me, you look at it a few less, but I think I can safely say that we both don’t spend hours upon hours wondering how it tell us the time or questioning if the time that it is telling us is right or wrong. When you get right down to it, we don’t pay a whole bunch of attention on how our desire to be informed of the time get fulfilled, we are just happy that we know what time it is. It is obvious when it is working properly. You can see it in it’s face.
Dads: Read this definition, stop, go get a drink of water, then come back.
1. One of a series of teeth, as on the rim of a wheel or gear, whose engagement transmits successive motive force to a corresponding wheel or gear.
2. A subordinate member of an organization who performs necessary but usually minor or routine functions.
(If your not going to leave, like I asked you, at least close your eyes for 15 seconds)
What do you remember that you read? What words stuck in your head? Did you hear “subordinate”? Did you hear “minor”? Did you focus on “Routine”? How did you compare the definition to yourself? Did you make any comparison at all? Did you actually think that you were the WATCH? Or…
…Did you read “member“, “necessary“, or “function” and realize that you are a COG
I think some dads could do a better job defining their roll as a father to themselves. We can choose what we make of our family life. We choose our involvement. We choose our attitudes and our outlook. We give ourselves to little credit. We are extremely necessary, but there is more to it, isn’t there. If we downplay our roll as “chief cog”, we can slide out of place, rust, loose a few teeth, or a myriad of other consequences that can derive from a lack of desire to perform our job duty.
Remember, it’s easier to keep a good watch running, than it is to repair a broken one.
I think we need to understand that this family thing does not work without us. We just need to keep spinning and occasionally recharge the energy source. (And perhaps make an adjustment during leap year)
You should understand that the watch represents your family and you are one of the cogs that allow it to run as intended.
If someone looked at the face of your family, would they know what time it was?