It is Wednesday and already the events of the past few days are a blur. I can recount what has gone on, meeting people, going places, and the food I enjoyed. In many ways, everything is unfolding as expected. Yet, stories are more than a series of events. When I read one author’s account of how “things went according to plan: We met him in Assos, took him on board, and sailed to Mitylene. The next day we put in opposite Chios, Samos a day later, and then Miletus.” (Acts 20.15) I want to know the story within the story. If this week is any indication, there is a lot more going on than the events convey.
As an example, there is a reality to the chaos of the changes in my new organization. In addition to the fact that I am now a part of the problem, people are genuinely searching for a sense of direction. There is a thirst to know where s/he is and where s/he is going.
Additionally, there are changes on many different levels. Even as there are radical changes at the global level, even within a given team, people are moving and changes are underway. Some sit on the fence, struggling to maintain their balance as the currents compete with each other. Others are blissfully ignorant of anything beyond their immediate community.
Everyone is will to take action, even as they try to understand the world beyond their view. This reflects the organization’s strength as well as its weakness.
There is part of me that wants to stop the blur and get my bearings. Even as I fight the desire, I realize that I already know within where I am and the values that I hold. I may not understand the context, but does it matter. The next step may be confusing, yet the principles that I am applying are consistent. The outcome will be unknown, but it is any different than yesterday?
I realize that living with blurred vision is a norm. My question; what do I do now?