It feels like the attack has gone on forever. I know it has been unending. As much as I have searched for a reason(s), I cannot find anything. I know that it is easy to target the team. We do not have veteran stars on our team. Our discipline, openness, and results stand out. On top of everything, we do not spend a lot of time building defenses or barriers. Someone asks, even those looking to question or tear us down, we answer.
I am not sure if we have a winning formula, at least in this context. I do know that I can hold my head high, saying without hesitation that we did the right thing for the right reasons. I believe in our approach and process. I think it is good for the organization. We could do more. We could also do it better. The only limits are ones of endorsement and short-term resources. The potential is here.
I admit that the fight is tiring. I do not know how many more rounds I have in my reserves. The information is strong. The proof statements are clear. Anyone willing to examine the facts can. Yet the questions are never in the details. It is the unfounded uninformed comment made it passing that creates the biggest headache. With each, it is as if the accusers “open their mouths in ugly grins, mocking, ‘Ha-ha, ha-ha, thought you’d get away with it? We’ve caught you hands down!’” (Psalm 35.21)
The reminders I find myself holding onto include the following.
Success is not defined by the outcome. Success is defined by how we play each moment Life gives us.
Attacks are not a firm indicator of anything except that you are doing the right thing. The best that one can do with an attack is to use it to examine one’s methods and improve on what is working.
Patience is a valuable asset. In the battles at hand, patience is a weapon.
In everything, we have the freedom to decide. Whatever it is, the next rests with us.