George was 14. Adventurous, boisterous, independent and a little bit rebellious. You know, 14. He was a British subject and proud of it. And why not? His family had been loyal to the English throne for more than 600 years. It was during the summer of his 14th year that a British man-o-war anchored in the Potomac river, near his home. The sight of that giant war vessel with the billowing union jack flying in the breeze stirred the adventurous young heart of patriotic George. He decided to join up in the British Navy and fight for England. It didn’t take long for him to get ready to go. George slipped out of the house after his parents were asleep. He had his sea chest on board and his was ready to sail in the early morning. He could hardly wait. Then, George’s distraught mother, a very aggressive woman, tracked him to the ship, hurried on board, and grabbed him by the collar. She ordered him to secure his sea chest and get back home where he belonged. George did. And that’s only a trifle, but it changed the history books. You see, if George had sailed on that ship, he might have become a British admiral, blocking shipping from the American Revolution. Instead, he stayed home and became the father of his country.
Becoming is a collection of challenges to greater personal growth that I need to hear.. and perhaps you as well.