As I consider several recent developments, many good, others surprising, I catch myself within a boundary I constructed. It is natural and automatic to reflect on a business development. Linking the present to the leading indicators, forecasts, and prior events comes naturally to most in a competitive game. It happens in business, sports, and every competitive field where one wages battle.
The process is not unusual. A new way of striking of football is analyzed, copied, and incorporated if it proves successful. Me-too strategies are everywhere in the business world. Fashion is yet another example. A successful introduction of something new morphs on on acceptance to a trend which, which time, gives birth to an accepted fashion norm. People like winning. Success often follows previous success, often a repeat of the same path in a fresh context.
However, when I think of the developments in my life and others, the first words that come to mind are rationalization and explanation. I reach for either or both before linking developments with the actions and priorities that led up to it! It is as if I already know there is a link, but denial is my first choice instead.
Sometimes the obvious is just that obvious. When the Psalmist noted that “Assyria has joined up [with others], giving muscle to the gang of Lot,” (Psalm 83.8) it was a statement of the obvious to his audience.
Sometimes the obvious is obvious to everyone but the individuals involved.
To anyone listening, if you do not think I get the obvious, please tell me. Do not wait. Do not hesitate. Be sensitive, but if you need to err, err on the side of making sure I know.
To my heart and mind, I would offer the following mantra. The greatest gift we can give ourselves is a willingness to learn from the developments in our lives. Reflect, consider, and act on the lessons that are available. Life is always willing to teach us. There is material in every moment.
One note; in my case, I wish there was less material!