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It's a Common Road
This past weekend I participated in a "Relay for Life" to support the American Cancer Society. This was a very therapeutic process for me. When you are walking around in a large oval by yourself for 3 hours in the wee hours of the morning your thoughts tend to drift a bit. But the most eventful thoughts of the night dealt with the precious souls I have known that have touched, shaped and inspired my life. Cobwebs get cleared and the vital basics of your existence come back into clearer focus. The Relay for Life process provides the time, peace and reverent setting to pause, reflect and hopefully grow.
I think there is a message here for the organizations, professions and groups we participate in. We get so caught up in the day to day struggles we are always in "the here and now." But there is a broader and deeper scope that needs attention every now and then. Our organizations have a past and future as well as a present. We tend to focus on them one at a time rather than view them as an interwoven circle of connectivity. Take a few moments to thank those who have preceded you and to make a promise to those who will follow that you will honor, respect and build upon the culture of the organization. Realize that you are a vital link in a chain that shares a common bond and commitment. It will give your work new meaning, energy and purpose.
Here's your new mantra: "Work with a purpose, have a lot of fun and enjoy the ride!"
Quote & Note
There are two implied messages for your organization:
Be careful with your ego. Don't let your emotion drag you into an overly dramatic argument where no one wins and everyone looks bad. Ask yourself "Is this important enough for me to expend my physical, mental, political and emotional strength?"
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