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Why a director's chair?

When my son Spencer was a young catcher for his local baseball team, he kept asking me to take him to see the Yankees play in New York. 

Every season I’d mean it when I’d say, ‘Sure Spence, one day we’ll go’.

‘One day’ never happened. Then we read that old Yankee Stadium was about to be torn down. We were both caught up in the excitement as I wrangled two tickets to the Yankees' third last game ever to be played in that grand old building.

For Spence, now playing ball in California, Yankee Stadium solidified his love for the game. For me, I had an eye-opening moment that inspired Take Your Seat. The sense of urgency that came with the knowledge that Yankee Stadium was to be torn down, gave us the motivation to act.

Truthfully, without that motivation, we’d still be saying,

‘One day we’ll go see the Yankees play.'

I also realized that talking about a catalyst would never be as effective as showing that catalyst. The director’s chair became that symbol. 

Just as a movie director directs a set, you must assume that leadership role in your life. You, and only you, can direct your life if you are to live the life you intended.

 

The chair serves as both invitation and challenge.

You are invited to finally take charge of your life. With that invitation, however, comes the challenge of changing the course you’re on. 

Take Your Seat is meant to encourage you to claim the life that is rightfully yours. You deserve to be happy.

 

That happiness can only come from doing what you love.