To walk the line means to behave in an authorized or socially accepted manner, especially as prescribed by law or morality; to exercise self-control. To mark or secure a boundary by walking along it. I do not accept anything less from myself or other people I choose to associate with. I keep my eyes wide open all the time and I’m learning to appreciate my big ears. Some of you may think of the old Johnny Cash song when I say, “I walk the line”.
In these times, it becomes apparent where people stand when you see how they act during a crisis, a change, or in dealing with the unknown. There are only a few personality types and they are all impacted by their own life experiences. This drives us in who we are, how we behave, and what we do with our lives, as well as the impact we have on others.
After speaking with a variety of individuals in our industry, it’s clear why so many can only see through their own lens. These optics are derived from their personalities, backgrounds, education and professional experiences. All these factors define their views, opinions, risk tolerance and actions.
Regarding their work experience at a large financial institution, someone recently said to me, “I knew I was in a mansion and there was this other room I hadn’t been in before, and I had no idea what was in there.” His comment gave me clarity into the true meaning of “you don’t know what you don’t know.”
Living life with integrity is a core value to ensure we have choices of freedom and gratitude, to be grateful and to live with grace.
Some people fall in line, some draw the line – I choose to the walk the line.