I have a tendency to stay busy. I realize it is overwhelming at times, but life is an opportunity that I was to maximize. In the process, it is far too easy to get caught up in the busyness of it all and lose sight of where everything is. When this happens, it is time to reload, reset, and refocus.
In moments of clarity I warn those that work with and for me that they need to push themselves into my life if it is important to them. I willingly acknowledge that I get caught up. I realize that I let my priorities slide. As important as working with them is, that I will focus on something else. In these moments, I need for them to be loud, demanding, and insistent.
I am fortunate to work with individuals that take me at my word. They had no accepted my busyness as a reason to not have a conversation. Each in her/his own way has gently demanded that I notice and honor my priorities. As we have met and worked through our shared deliverables, I find myself pausing to reflect on the model of asking for what one needs. Several observations continue to stay with me.
An invitation is simply an invitation until one accepts. On acceptance an invitation turns into something different. The first word that comes to mind in describing the change is “more”.
Two working together always accomplish more than two working separately. There is something magical in the power of shared commitment and collective insight. Collaboration is powerful.
It is a powerful reminder of the potential the lies with the invitation to connect with Divinity. Others before us have taken God up on the invitation. David responded with an acceptance that seemed more like a demand. “Keep up your reputation, God; forgive my bad life; it’s been a very bad life.” (Psalm 25.11) I look at David’s life and see the possibilities of collaboration. It is a reminder of the possibility in each day.
The invitation is here. It just needs the demand.