lead postWe all want guts and glory, don’t we? We all want to take a risk, gamble and win, stand out from the crowd. Is it instinct, to reach a certain age in life and want to break out on your own? Show your stuff? Show what you’re made of, and make your parents proud? We all know people who not only do this, but they want to lead the charge. Sitting on the sidelines hoping to get swept up by the movement is not their style. They’re the first to jump on a concept, an idea, a technological improvement that, two months later, the rest of us will first hear about.

But life is not so simple as run, run, run. On the other end of the spectrum are those who know what they have and refuse to risk it. To them, the grass is not greener. They look back at a solid heritage; at all they’ve gained and learned along the way. They know who they are. They appreciate not only how far they’ve come, but those who have helped them along the way.

I find comfort in the balance today. As Apple brings us its next-level technology to gorge on, Scotland renews its 307-year old connection with the United Kingdom.

In the words of Apple CEO Tim Cook, “iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are the biggest advancements in iPhone history. The iPhone is the most loved smartphone in the world with the highest customer satisfaction in the industry and we are making it much better in every way… We think customers are going to love it.” Simultaneously, Scotland’s historic referendum vote to stay with the U.K. by a reported “comfortable” but I say narrow vote of 55% to 45%, is not a decision to stand still, but one that recognizes its strength. The vote gains Scotland the right to control its own taxes and spending while keeping U.K. security. One voter summed it up as, “We have a long and proud history. We’re strong. And we’re even stronger in a union.”

Taking the lead and standing together. For Apple and for Scotland, these are not mutually exclusive today. The future is bright, indeed. Today is full of promise. And we know just how we got here.

Jody Brown is the author of Upside Down Kingdom, and is a multi-blogger, poet, and traveler. Her current writing projects, including her daily blog endeavor, #Project365, can be found at JodyBrown.com/writing