Turning down opportunity for the sake of responsibility.

Keith Fitzhugh had a dream to play pro football. However, when the opportunity came, he decided to stay at his current job, as a train conductor:

http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/.element/apps/cvp/3.0/swf/cnn_416x234_embed.swf?context=embed&videoId=bestoftv/2010/12/10/phillips.railroad.nfl.cnn

What is it about Keith’s story that is so compelling?

He’s interesting not so much because of the outrageous or interesting things he does to assert his significance, but rather because of the loyalty he embodies, with joy. He’s happy to honor his mother and father.

Keith models a lesson of character passed down from his parents and an earlier generation — of loyalty to his family over the instant pursuit of riches and fame. Even of loyalty to his current employer more than setting them aside for a ‘better’ opportunities. Among a generation of young people (like you and me, perhaps) who are ‘options’-addicts, Keith shines brightly.

Let’s honor virtue like this. May his tribe increase, and another opportunity come along so Keith can fulfill his dream and fulfill his responsibilities in joy.

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