The other day, I decided to have a bit of a “cheat meal” , see with how I eat, I don’t have a “cheat day” I just have certain days now and then where 1 or 2 of my meals are “cheat meals”, a whole day of eating that way would be ridiculous. I went to Taco Bell and hit up the drive thru, they forget my cinnamon twists even though it was on the receipt in the bag of food they handed me. This made me think ” if people can’t even handle cinnamon twists how do they expect to ever be entrusted with something bigger or more” (like, $15 /hr) I’ve noticed something though, these days it’s almost as if society itself feels entitled to almost everything, as if it is the responsibility of the whole world to give them whatever they want/need without having to do anything to work for it. Life is rough, like Rocky said in Rocky Balboa “The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life”. But there are people out there that want to be like Rocky, they want to be the “champ” they want that title belt but they don’t want to fight for it, they don’t wanna take any hits for it. They want what they haven’t earned and don’t deserve.
There are people out there from all walks of life that have learned to remember those cinnamon twists, they figured out that if they find themselves starting out asking “do you want fries with that” it’s ok, because they are just starting, they aren’t staying. Maybe its college that ends in a degree and a nice paying job in an office, or maybe it’s starting their own business, or maybe it’s becoming the very best they possibly can with some skillset and getting paid for that, but either way they are not planning to make a career out of where they are now. And how they carry themselves and how they perform this beginning they are in reflects that. It’s confidence that stems from the knowledge that as they learn to master where they are now, as they learn to do these smaller, simpler things, with excellence, it prepares and equips them for the next level. They understand that they are laying a foundation on which they will build everything that follows. There’s another kind of people out there though, the kind that can’t remember the cinnamon twists. It’s not because they aren’t capable of it, though some of them may even wrongly believe that to be the case. It’s more because they don’t want to, because they are willing to settle with where they are and make it permanent. They don’t want to do what is required to move beyond this beginning point, they don’t want to be able to handle or be expected to handle, anything more. Because of this they settle in, and then they start wanting things like $15 /hr., because even though they are unwilling to confront and become all that they must to reach that next level, to go to that next point. They still realize that the barely more than minimum wage pay they are getting will not be enough to live off of for long; they can’t have kids and support a family on that pay. Somehow even though they are unwilling to do what warrants the kind pay they want or need, even though they can’t remember the cinnamon twists, they still want to get paid like the ones that do.
Obviously even though my personal experience at Taco Bell was literal, by now I hope you’ve realized that the concept of forgetting the cinnamon twists is figurative. I can’t explain exactly what it represents, because it’s so much of a concept, and a general attitude more than any particular or definitive, tangible thing that you can point to. But if comes down to this: not giving up, keep moving forward, don’t expect someone else to earn it all for themselves and then just give it to you because you just gave up and stayed where you were. I know it’s difficult and often scary and uncomfortable, especially at first, and its ok to need help, it’s alright if you can’t be a one man army that single-handedly defeats all the challenges and things that life throws at you. Others can help you; it doesn’t weaken you or make you less of a person if they do. But it’s like Rocky Said, “it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward; how much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done” Rocky had Mick, he had his wife Adrian, at times even Pauly was almost helpful. But he knew that when he climbed into that ring and that bell was rung, no matter how much help he had received, no matter how much encouragement or support he got from that group, the fight was up to him, HE had to take those hits, block those punches, and return fire!! He had to keep moving; Mick couldn’t climb in that ring and do it for him. He remembered the cinnamon twists, for him it was applying all of his training, it was keeping in his mind all those things he was fighting for, if we want to win we have to remember that ultimately its US that will have to do that work, fight that fight, we are the ones that have to remember those cinnamon twists, we still have to make the choices and we still have to be the ones to carry out the actions, there is no way around it.