This holiday week has been a great opportunity to reminisce with family and friends. It is has been one of those weeks that brings to the forefront all of the things that we have to be grateful for and think about current issues that are developing inside and outside our circle of people and of course "current" events.
One conversation focused on how tough the times are right now for everyone and one of the "elder" people in the group said "you know there have always been tough times to go through and we will get through this one too". Now, that triggered a couple of things for me, first, hope for the future and secondly, it reminded me of a segment that I read a few years back by Seth Godin regarding opportunity.
The thing is, we still live in a world that's filled with opportunity. In fact, we have more than an opportunity -- we have an obligation. An obligation to spend our time doing great things. To find ideas that matter and to share them. To push ourselves and the people around us to demonstrate gratitude, insight, and inspiration. To take risks and to make the world better by being amazing.
Are these crazy times? You bet they are. But so were the days when we were doing duck-and-cover air-raid drills in school, or going through the scares of Three Mile Island and Love Canal. (I will wait for a moment while you name 10 more..........)
The point? There will always be crazy times.
So stop thinking about how crazy the times are, and start thinking about what the crazy times demand. There has never been a worse time for business as usual. Business as usual is sure to fail, sure to disappoint, sure to numb our dreams. That's why there has never been a better time for the new. Your competitors are too afraid to spend money on new productivity tools. Your bankers have no idea where they can safely invest. Your potential employees are desperately looking for something exciting, something they feel passionate about, something they can genuinely engage in and engage with.
You get to make a choice. You can remake that choice every day, in fact. It's never too late to choose optimism, to choose action, to choose excellence. The best thing is that it only takes a moment -- just one second -- to decide.
Before you finish this paragraph, you have the power to change everything that's to come. And you can do that by asking yourself the one question that every organization and every individual needs to ask today:
Why not indeed!!
By the way, God is for you and has not been taken by surprise with our "current" tough times! God's word on the subject? Jeremiah 29:11 from The Message:
I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.