I had an amazing opportunity to go off-roading with some friends recently and we had a blast. We spent the time driving through areas and paths that had no business having cars on it, yet the Jeep conquered it all with no problem. We had all the great experiences together and my friend even let me drive for a while. As I drove I also had to take on the responsibility of making sure I waved to the other Jeep owners who passed us. I asked my friend Alan about this and we spoke about the Jeep wave and Jeep culture.
As I was taught, when you pass another Jeep owner, the tradition is to give just a simple greeting, or raising of one/two fingers from your hand as you drive. It’s an acknowledgment to a fellow Jeep owner and the respect that comes with having a Jeep Wrangler. I had the opportunity to do it a few times and it felt good. I was enjoying being part of the Jeep club.
The point of today’s #ELBlog is membership. Being part of a tribe and the importance of companions, colleagues, and your groups. We can learn from other people, we can give to other people, and we can have the pride of being a member of a group. Whether it’s at work, your family, different civic groups, or your church, it is important as leaders that we share our gifts and talents as part of a group. I also think it’s healthy to be in different groups where you can hear different perspectives and learn different things while sharing your own gifts and talents.
The Jeep greeting represents the respect of owning a Jeep Wrangler and the experience that comes with it. While I’m not a Jeep owner and I don’t plan on being one anytime soon, it was cool for a short time to give the wave. After that off-roading experience my respect level for the Jeep Wrangler went up! If you’ve never tried it I highly recommend it, and make sure you have an experienced person with you as well. Enjoy the ride!
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