Initially I thought my reaction was one of frustration. What I was experiencing was impossible. I knew it could not be true, but it was. Given the size of the team, the magnitude of the opportunity, there was as least one individual somewhere in and among the others that could see it! As must emotions began to build on my quest, I heard the voice of a wise man reminding me to look through the eyes of the other. What could each see and why?
Wearing the lens of their experience and daily life dramatically changed the scene. The simple and routine process of getting to and from work morphed from something routine to regular activity that requires thought and intent. Reflecting on the individual and process that conducts one’s performance review added another dimension to the image. As the process of considering each of the externals changed and influenced the virtual image, I began to wonder about the influencers and drivers in each life that hidden deep within our souls. Whatever they were, I knew they would change the picture even further.
As I look at the scene, the emotions linked to my reaction are changing. A sense of empathy has replaced frustration. A dash of compassion has turned urgency into patience.
In my new view, I am reminded that there are always two parts to change with many different ingredients. The first part is a call or invitation. It can come from outside or within. It occurs in many forms. They include verbal, written, and quests.
David notes how “God sticks his head out of heaven. He looks around. He’s looking for someone not stupid – one man, even, God-expectant, just one God-ready woman.” (Psalm 14.2) This documents a Divine quest to let us know we can be more.
The second part of change rests within you and I. Individually, we decide. We hold the key. While I have a view, my actions will tell others as well as myself of my choice. We have the freedom to make the call.
It’s decision time.