Throughout my life I’ve come across many quotes, many interactions, and many events that have changed my way of thought. None of them hit me to the core like the quote, “Take care of what takes care of you.” This quote was originally introduced to me by someone I consider a brother of mine. Considering he is a filthy hockey superstar, I will call him the Sage of Sauce because of his wise quotes and ability to toss sauce with the best of them. He told me about this quote stemming from Wayne Gretzky talking about his hockey sticks…
“I don’t like my hockey sticks touching other sticks, and I don’t like them crossing one another, and I kind of have them hidden in the corner. I put baby powder on the ends. I think it’s essentially a matter of taking care of what takes care of you.”
Looking at the quote, it seems like something an Italian mob family would keep as their motto, but I feel it is the essence of every great relationship and every solid family. Why do people feel so strongly to help their family when it may sacrifice their own personal dreams? Why do people feel the need to stick their neck out for their friends? Ignoring the blood relationship in family, it’s easy to see that they just feel a need to take care of those who took care of them.
Everyone has friends that they would take a bullet for, or at least I hope they do. No matter what, you know that what you do for them, they would do in return. It’s a simple fact of life, if you’re willing to put it all on the line for someone they won’t feel obligated to repay you, they will do it because you took care of them when they needed it. You know no matter how much advice or help you give to a good friend, they will get you back when its crunch time.
So take this quote and carry it with you. If someone is helping you out when you need it, take the time to appreciate what they do for you, and get them back when they need it. It’s the currency of friendship and family. Be wealthy and take care of those who take care of you.