Parallels in life abound. There are common threads among relationships, motivation, discipline, healing, teaching; just to name a few. Parallels, not in the sense of a common denominator of the concepts themselves, but in how these concepts are applied in various scenarios of life. And becoming “good” at life is the ultimate goal, yes?
“As a manager, I learned over time that raising children, in all its glory, excitement and occasional pain, contained specific lessons or approaches to be learned that very effectively carried over to managing people in a business environment. Aspects like motivation, discipline, analysis, problem-solving, personal development and team-building; shared threads of process, insight and self-awareness that could be woven or stitched together to form a cohesive and compassionate strategy to not only accomplish work, but more importantly, develop character, integrity and a sense of purpose in others when viewed and appreciated as precious human beings.”
Equally, there is learning in the interaction, conversation and sense of accomplishment one experiences when it is shared among individuals. A key ingredient, however, in the pursuit of introspective and effective leadership can be distilled into one word and one goal; compassion and building trust.
As with many individuals, some things you learn throughout the course of living, present themselves as simply profound and just stick with you throughout the remainder of your life. For me, one of those “things” was a quote from a management guru, Gordon Shea, as contained in a 1984 Management Briefing for the AMA (American Management Association ).
“Trust is the ultimate intangible. It has no shape or substance, yet it empowers our actions. And its presence or absence can govern our behavior as if it were a tangible force. . . . Trust is the ‘miracle ingredient’ in organizational life–a lubricant that reduces friction, a bonding agent that glues together disparate parts, a catalyst that facilitates action. No substitute–neither threat nor promise–will do the job as well.”
And speaking of parallels, let’s make the quantum leap from business back to life; from trust to its foundation; faith. If not steeped in trust, what is faith? Faith is that trust or belief in something or someone that cannot be seen, touched or perceived by our physical senses, but only felt and experienced with our heart.
When one looks at life from a macro perspective, the essence of life is faith. Faith that the core essentials of our physical being will be provided (food, clothing and shelter). Faith that a means to provide for those essentials will be obtained (job). Faith that our emotional, psychological and meta-physical health will be attained…. You see, Faith is indeed, a strategy for life.
Faith, not in the sense of simply the word, but critically, in the sense of the belief in God, eternal life, salvation and a sense of purpose. Faith is life, as is the oxygen we breathe, the water we drink and the sun we embrace as warmth. Faith is perhaps, the Spiritual DNA of our existence as human beings; as children of God.
Faith is nurtured, cultivated and undeniably grows within each of us as our self-awareness develops and we acknowledge and accept the reality and presence of the supernatural force we call “God”.
Be well, or should I say, “Keep the Faith”.
To fall in Love mesmerizes the senses and reduces the world to a single other.
To Be in Love elevates the self, obliterates time and journeys to the boundary of a single merged soul,
To make Love creates a euphoric memory invisible yet stronger than the forces of nature.
To lose Love voids the soul as an empty well that is parched of an inability to share leading to loneliness,
To share Love yields vulnerability, practices trust and seeks joyfulness present and future.
To teach Love actualizes every Being as a beacon of Light and sheltering passageway,
To realize Love as Truth and the answer to living fulfills life’s purpose and emerges a destined path.
To live a life of Love defines model behavior, nurtures the heart and transforms the soul impervious,
To accept Love conquers death, prepares a place and welcomes eternal Life in the Kingdom of God.