Why the Rush?

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What happened to slowing down and taking in all that is around us bit by bit? I am tired of the fast-paced world. I want to get off this “merry go-round” of rush, rush, rush, and stop. I recall the days when my sons were toddlers. They took their time to take in all that was around them. They were curious about almost everything. If I tried to move too fast, they got overwhelmed, stalled, and would not budge. I could feel my patience spurting out of me as if I was a sieve. Perhaps, they had the better way to approach life; taking the world in bit by bit.

In our culture’s rush to get and there, we miss out on the need to stay focused. When I slowed down, my sons were less anxious and tense. We can create the atmosphere for our children to explore. My sons are now grown. One is twenty-two years old with another semester of college left. The other just graduated from high school. I am learning to appreciate my surroundings.

I admit my to-do list is trying to take a spot in my head as I write this blog. I am not going to let it take over. I am focusing on the words that I type on this page. Just take a moment, sit still breathe, and look all around you. What do you see that you had not noticed before? Remember, why the rush?!

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Leadership by Example, part 3 of 5 God is My CEO blog series

How many of us describe ourselves by our occupation? How many of us are asked “what do you do?”

Larry Julian, author of God is My CEO: Following God’s Principles in a Bottom Line World points out in his book that we can move from what we do to who we are. We can let who we are to speak for what we believe. Admittedly so, integrating faith and work paves the way to a more meaningful and productive work environment, but it is challenging.

It is sometimes a big step from doing for God to being with God, noted Jeffrey Coors. In our secular society, many feel that our faith and work should be separate. Coors was quoted in the book as saying it can be easy to do much, become over-extended and have it take a toll on you.

Julian notes that God calls us into relationship with Him, then with people around us. Julian quotes John D. Beckett, live your faith.

In Mathew 16:25, scripture states that I do my part, Let God do His. Surrender to God.

I know for myself, as stubborn as I can be, relent and surrender, are not always actions that I take. Note to self. it may help to surrender to God, as it means victory. I do ask for advice and in Ephesians chapter 6, it talks about yielding control. The author also advises “don’t act out, advise counsel.”

Leadership is not about doing everything, just delegating, or being bossy. It is about leading by example. Some of the best advice comes from Proverbs 12:15, it includes having compassion, being committed, being accountable, encouraging growth and development of others, and respect.  If we start from there, we have a good foundation to grow as leaders.

There will be times that we need to make tough decisions. We do not have to give in to discouragement, notes Julian. We can live with hope.  He encourages to seek God’s wisdom, so we can turn a bad problem into a good solution. We need courage to do the right thing. We need wisdom to know what the right thing to do is. Let go, Let God. God can provide unexpected solutions, if we can look beyond our own means.

Stay tuned, next week for part 4 of 5, Servant Leadership.

Source:

God is My CEO: Following God’s principles in a Bottom Line World, by Larry Julian. Adams Media Corporation, Holbrook, MA, copyright 2001.

Let it go, let it be, Let God: Loosening worry and anxiety’s grip

  • Worry and anxiety together are one of the eight tentacles of fear that I mentioned last week. Worry can turn your stomach into knots and anxiety can fog up your mind. So how do we get ourselves here in the first place? What starts as a single concern can tumble into worry.

When I worry, the concern gets into a loop in my head that is on repeat auto pilot. It became all that I focus on and its takes a toll: stomach ache, neck pain and head ache. It has been said what we focus on we become. For me, that is “worry wart.” Warts are ugly aren’t they, worry is no different. The spiral of worry into anxiety spins faster and faster that we are become stymied by our repeated thoughts.

Where worry nibbles at our self esteem and confidence; anxiety takes big chunks. It strains us physically, mentally, and spiritually.

Suzy Prudden stated, “Your body is your vehicle for life. As long as you are here, live in it. Love, honor, respect and cherish it, treat it, and it will serve you in kind.”

It makes me think why do we let worry and anxiety control us when it pounds our bodies. Anxiety is the extreme slide from worry. It can dive us into sleeplessness, fogginess and panic attacks. Whoever said, Woo hoo, horray a panic attack is on its way. I think not. Worry and anxiety drains our spirit of its energy, blocks our perspective, and taints our view of life. Why can’t we see the toll and the detriments? Worry and Anxiety always hungers for more.

I don’t always see that my concern has slid into worry until my husband points it out. I am too close to the situation. I try to see a solution and instead wallow in the worry. I cannot always see the outcome or nor control it.

Practice with me…deep breath, breathe out. Let go, let it be, let God.

“to every action there is always opposed an equal reaction,” said Sir Isaac Newton.

So now let’s take steps to reverse worry and anxiety’s impact.

  • Compartmentalize. Deal with today and not tomorrow.
  • Changing our perspective by even a few degrees can change our trajectory in life.
  • Say no to worry. Let Thy will be done.
  • Patience can help us through repeated lessons until we learn them.
  • Stop the loop and change the message. Concern is one thing, worry and anxiety is much different and more serious.
  • Surrender to the peace. We cannot control every aspect.

Amelia Earhart once stated, “Courage is the price life exacts for granting peace.”

So no matter what the concern, it is time to lessen the grasp of fear’s tentacles. We need to surrender to a power that is mightier than ourselves.

“Surrender doesn’t obstruct our power; it enhances it,” Marianne Williamson, author.

Do as the Buddha, learn to let go, so we can go after happiness.

Let go, let it be, and Let God. In time, we can be free.

 

Part II, Remember …Don’t Be Done in…Lose the Fear