On any day there is an endless list of things I could focus on. I believe if I look long and hard enough, I will find the perfect balance in what I focus on and what needs to be done. Like many before me, I keep challenging myself to focus on the important items. Priority lists. Forced rankings. Critical items flagged. Even as I think I have it right, the day unfolds and I lose whatever control I thought I had at the beginning.
As I reflect on the past week, I wonder if I know what success looks like. It has been a moderately successful week. There were significant accomplishments. Yet, I know there was more that needed to be done. We could have progressed certain opportunities further. We should have addressed a number of open issues in a way that allowed us to move the discussion forward. While my sight could have been better, much of what I now see I only see in hindsight.
Perhaps it is never as complicated as it seems at the time. With a broader perspective, what anyone is asked to do is relatively simple. It is the nuances, details, and the choices of the moment that make tings confusing! I am clearly over complicating everything.
When I look at how others handled it, many share a common model.
Doing the right thing is never bad. It may not be the best answer, but it is never the wrong answer. Take on tasks that fit your priorities and values.
Take advantage of the opportunities that emerge. When Paul had windows, “he urgently presented all matters of the kingdom of God. He explained everything about Jesus Christ. His door was always open.” (Acts 28.31) Agendas are guidelines to be followed. Windows are moments that we should seize.
Balance is art not a script. As one lets go, our heart’s values and priorities play out as live music with a unique and natural rhythm. Listen and share the music of your life. Wisdom will guide you on what needs to change.