There are times where credit should stay exactly where it belongs, with others. Life took some interesting steps recently to ensure that I did just that, left credit where it should be. An unplanned moment, where I could not act even if I wanted to, triggered a moment of reflective learning that continues to replay in my consciousness. There is no question in my mind where the credit belonged, yet there was, before that moment, one in others. Unless I had been explicitly and overwhelmingly clear, anything that I might have said would have diluted other’s awareness and understanding.
I am left with reminders.
Letting credit stand, without embellishment or explanation, can help others see what they otherwise might not, the source. Anything I might do or say beyond a nod of the head or “amen” distracts. Regardless of my intent, when it is clear it is good to let credit stand on its own. An old vow captures the sentiment; “I’ll say no more, I’ll shut my mouth, since you, Lord, are behind all this.” (Psalm 39.9)
Life has more than one winner. We may want to win everything but there is no need. Ultimately we have all won if we are willing to accept the reality. Between now and then, recognizing and applauding the winning steps others achieve helps us see the way we have ourselves won.
Winning together is better than winning alone. Celebrate with the winners! Be part of the winning, reveling in the emotions, giving credit where credit is due. Winning together is an opportunity for everyone to experience the outcome of Hope. In doing so, our insight into hope, confidence in hope, and grasp of hope grows.
As I look forward, I see that more credit outside of me than in. Embracing each win open a window to understand the role and importance others play in the process. Regardless of where the credit goes, we can be part of making a difference. In doing so, we win.
I love winning in every form. I also love celebrating. It’s party time.