The past few days have been out of control. Things happening multiple time zones away combine with conflicting deadlines and missing information. I look at my notes from conversations and wonder what I thought I was capturing. Some of it makes sense, but equally true, the rest is not much more than semi intelligible scribbles. The demand for creative solutions has been relentless.
I am reminded with growing thankfulness in my heart that there is a deep supply of wisdom around me if I pay attention. I am not sure that the sources of wisdom always realize the impact of what s/he is sharing. In one case yesterday, the fact that the person thought I was open to more gave space to a suggestion that in hindsight was brilliant. While I still work on implementing the simple suggestion, I realize that there are several keys that I need to always have close to my heart.
I am stronger, more creative, and better because of others. Even when I am brilliant, when combined with the work, efforts, and insights of others, we are brighter.
Great ideas can also be profoundly simple. There is a natural tendency to dismiss what appears to be obvious in hindsight. Embracing, understanding, and thinking through how the insights change perspectives and one’s analysis can open additional doors.
One does not always need to have one’s fingers in everything. As I trust others, our collective impact grows. Individual efforts work as streams feeding something greater, often unintended, and harmonious because of shared intent. The Psalmist notes live on as working examples of the process; “Oh yes! God gives Goodness and Beauty; our land responds with Bounty and Blessing.” (Psalm 85.12)
Having a general idea of the destination is ok as long as one travels with others and periodically ensures that everyone can see a piece of the target. Life is never about a singular moment. It is the steps we take together and in harmony in moment after moment after moment that matters.
We are on the same team in a big story.