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Should It Stay or Should It Go   Leave a comment


My recent move has given me the opportunity to sort through many boxes, files, and possessions.  I can say that while I do not find this type of work enjoyable, I am somewhat grateful for the push to do something which I should do on a much more regular basis.  My task as I go about this work is to determine one of the following:  should I keep it, should I store it, or should I throw it away.  (Hence, the reason for the title of today’s post.)  For some items, this is a very easy sort but for others it becomes much more difficult.

This process has led to a variety of discoveries….

  1. I need to do a purging of items on a much more regular basis
  2. I need to do a better job of discerning what is important and what is not.
  3. I need to move toward electronic storage of more items at much quicker pace.
  4. There are treasures which I forgot I even had.
  5. My shredder is older than I thought.
  6. I am more sentimental than I care to admit.
  7. I may suffer from a mild case of OCD.
  8. The item you take to storage suddenly becomes the item you wish you had at the house.
  9. This process takes much longer than is desirable.
  10. You sometimes have to create a mess to clean up a mess.
  11. There will be light at the end of the tunnel and if you get through more boxes, there will no longer be a tunnel.

Like many things in life, this type of work can teach you a lot.  I would like to hear from you, my readers, about your experiences in a process like this.  Also, if you have any tips on how to reduce possessions, please feel free to pass those along.

Last, I want to share the song with you that is now running through my head because of this post.

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Proper Priorities   Leave a comment


Calgón... Llévame

Calgón… Llévame (Photo credit: Daquella manera)

I’m back!  Sorry that I did not post last week but some family needs required my time and effort last week.  I made the decision to focus on those needs and the urgent needs of work.  This meant something had to take a back seat and I chose to let my blog posts take that back seat.  This was not due to my perception that my regular posts are not of value but instead a decision that some aspects of life had a higher priority last week.

This has led me to think about the difficulty some of us have in setting priorities.  We can all agree that there is never enough time or energy to meet all the demands we have in life.  Leaders know this reality all too well.  In fact, most of us would agree that there are times when these demands overwhelm us.  We all want to scream the phrase that was made popular in a television advertisement many years ago, “Calgon, take me away!”  So setting priorities is a must for almost every individuals, whether you are a leader or not.

It has been said that you can determine what is important in a person’s life by knowing how she/he spends her/his resources of time and money.  It is true that there is never going to be “enough” in most of our views but it is also true that there is definitely “enough” for what we find to be important.  So how we choose our priorities should be based upon what we find important in our lives.

I think that one of the issues that we have in society is that people have not been taught the value of setting priorities.  There are so many options in the world and so many opportunities.  Some individuals try to do it all.  The truth is that we are not able to do it all.  So we have to determine what our priorities for this time in our lives are going to be.  We have to keep those priorities always at the forefront of our minds.  They should guide us continually.  This way when we are overwhelmed with demands and opportunities, we are able to make appropriate decisions.  One of my mentors continually encourage me to make sure that I am including in my priorities those things which give me energy.  The reason is that there may be items in our priority list that are necessary but do not give us energy.  If all of our priorities are in that category, we will not have the energy to accomplish any of them.

So, I again apologize for not posting last week.  However, I do not apologize for setting what I view as proper priorities for my life at this time.

Who’s At the Table   1 comment


English: The octagonal discussion table in the...

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I recently became involved in a situation that reminded me of an important tip for leaders — be mindful of who is invited to the table for important discussions or planning.  It seems logically that if you are going to have a discussion or develop a plan regarding an issue, you have to be sure that all those who will be impacted have a representative at the discussion table.  If you fail to ensure this representation, you are bound to have more problems than you were trying to solve.

The local school district was trying to make some decisions regarding the use of the high school athletic field.  With the drought conditions in our area and the reduction of water that the city has available, there seemed the possibility that the care of the field may suffer since watering of the field may possible need to be suspended.  So a discussion was held with representatives of the school administration, city administration, the organization that provides resources for the care of the field, the school’s facility manager, the activities director, and members of the community.  However, there was no representation from the high school soccer teams which will be the first teams to be impacted by any changes being discussed.  The result was one that many could easily have expected…. miscommunication, misunderstanding, frustration, anger, and an immediate uproar among soccer parents and community supporters.  At the school board meeting, a large crowd of parents and players attended to share concerns regarding possible decisions.  The outcome was a good discussion, the activities director presenting three scenarios regarding the soccer season, and an improvement of everyone’s attitude.  No one likes the idea of possibly having to move some games to another community but that is the worst case scenario.

The lesson here, I believe, is one that all organizations and leaders should keep in mind.  Be mindful of all who will be impacted by discussions that occur and/or decisions that may be made.  A leader is not always going to please everyone with the decisions that are made and sometimes will have to make unpopular decisions, but if people feel they have had a voice in the process, it will be easier than if they feel left out.  Look at who is sitting at the table.  Is someone missing?  Is a voice going unheard?  If so, do not continue until all are present and heard.  As a believer, I think that the voice that is not always sought out and heard is the voice of the Lord so be sure to invite the Lord to the table and then actually listen.

Right Choice   Leave a comment


English: Pope Benedict XVI during general audition

English: Pope Benedict XVI during general audition (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of the significant news items of this week so far has been the announcement by Pope Benedict XVI.  Internet has been buzzing for over 24 hours  with thoughts and reactions to this announcement.  Since this has not occurred for approximately 600 years, no one is totally sure what it means and exactly what all the details related to this action might be.  I am not interested in this post to debate the details of his actions or the impact it may have on the Roman Catholic Church or the Christian community.  What I am interested in is seeing an important example in his actions.

Arguably, the Pope is one of the world leaders that attracts much attention.  His statements, his actions, and his decisions are scrutinized and discussed both inside and outside of the Christian faith.  So when he makes the decision to resign, it is something which should draw our attention.  I have definitely not been a supporter of many of his decisions as a leader during the last eight years but I must applaud his example in this decision.  He has shown leaders that there is more about leadership than themselves.

Pause a moment and consider the significance of the decision that he has announced this week.  This man has dedicated all of his life to the  Roman Catholic Church and his Christian faith.  On April 19, 2005, he was elevated to the highest office of the Roman Catholic Church which at the end of 2011 claimed a membership of 1.196 billion people internationally.  He has the ultimate power and authority over the organization and his decisions/actions can not be questioned or reversed during his time as Pope.  Not many individuals or leaders would ever want to relinquish that power and authority even if they retain it for altruistic reasons.  Yet, this man has made that decisions.

I think sometimes leaders lose sight of the reason they are called to lead.  A leader brings gifts and talents that are intended to be used to move the organization forward in a positive direction.  Yes, there may be bumps along the way and set backs will occur but ultimately a leader is to lead forward.  When a person’s ability to lead forward and fulfill the expectations of her/his office falters, a leader should examine if his/her tenure in the office should come to an end.  According, to Pope Benedict’s statement, he believes that his health has reduced his ability to effectively lead so he will resign on February 28, 2013.  Instead of remaining in office and limping along, he has decided to move aside and allow a new leader to be chosen.

What an amazing example.  All leaders should take a lesson from Pope Benedict about true leadership.