Something magical happens when people learn then turn. As I think of several recent examples, in the midst of a wide range of differences, there is one point they all share. There was a moment, sometimes big, more often small, that s/he understood the lesson at hand and reached for something more. At times, they knew it was an important choice. For several, the moment of decision came in times of uncertainty, fear, and difficulty. It was rarely easy. For most, the choice came with a conviction and resolution.
As I look at the intersections in my life, I want to leverage the success I can see in others. They offer me something more than what I have. The two insights I find myself holding include the following.
Each individual put her/himself in a position to learn. They were willing to work with others to understand. They were following an old example set by character known as Festus. “I’ve brought him before this company, and especially you, King Agrippa: so we can come up with something in the nature of a charge that will hold water.” (Acts 25.26b) Festus did not have the answer. Neither do any of the individuals. We do.
Each individual was willing to hear the difficult. The comment of one haunts me.
“Why didn’t you tell me?”
“Because I did not think you were willing or able to hear.”
“Yes, but did you try?”
“I am trying now.”
“And I am listening.”
Navigating intersections is an equal mix of science and art. There are techniques and formulas that one can employ. While helpful, unless accompanied by a willingness to listen and reflect, there is little chance that an opportunity to change will emerge.
As I hold these insights, I realize I am sitting in the middle of an intersection. The choices are clouded by my fears, uncertainties, and doubts. Life offers me lessons on grow from. The moment at hand is my chance to make a difference by taking a positive step forward. It is a moment filled with hope and opportunity.