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You can change your life…
“I’m exhausted!” – is a phrase I hear regularly.
Do you feel like you are sometimes swimming upstream?
At times, all of us can find ourselves physically and emotionally depleted as we resolutely seek to meet the demands of our daily routines.
Recently, I came across a quote from poet and philosopher David Whyte, which really made me stop and think.
David states that there is a potent remedy to exhaustion – and it isn’t taking a nap.
He stated… “The antidote to exhaustion is wholeheartedness”.
- completely and sincerely devoted, determined, or enthusiastic, marked by complete earnest commitment: free from all reserve or hesitation.
Years ago, I worked with a consultancy who focused a lot of their thinking on being a whole leader, using our head, our heart, and our gut. I learned that when they are all aligned in complete harmony, we feel more committed and invigorated to do our very best work.
What strikes me about being surrounded by 130 missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is that they really believe in what they do, they truly embody their purpose, “To invite others to come unto Christ”. They are purpose led. It unifies them all.
Each of them knows their purpose, are aligned with it, and can articulate it clearly and simply.
The Bigger Picture
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy visited NASA for the first time. During his tour of the facility, he met a janitor who was carrying a broom down the corridor. The President then casually asked the janitor what he did for NASA, and the janitor replied, “I’m helping put a man on the moon.”
Think about that for a moment.
To many, the janitor was simply cleaning the building.
But, in the bigger picture, the janitor ensured that the building was clean, so that NASA engineers, scientists and astronauts could focus on their purpose and put a man on the moon. He connected his purpose with theirs.
When we lack purpose, we become drained and disengaged.
Quite the opposite is true when we wholeheartedly engage with the power and sense of a greater purpose.
It stirs us into action to achieve a greater cause, experiencing a revived sense of energy and in turn we discover greater meaning.
By focussing wholeheartedly on their purpose, our missionaries have truly found themselves.
Are you lacking purpose? Then missionaries can help!
Do you listen to your heart?
All week long one word has played continually into my thoughts.
I’ve felt as if it has been etched not only upon, but also into my heart and mind.
No matter where I went, or what I did, it would always return.
It’s an unusual word.
Indefatigability…! (Dutch – onvermoeibaarheid)
I wasn’t even too certain what it meant, so I looked up the dictionary definition.
“Tireless determination, incapable of being tired out; not yielding to fatigue; untiring.”
I reflected upon the definition for a while.
I questioned myself and asked “What does this word mean for me?”
After a while, I began to understand.
Day in, day out, week in, week out, I am surrounded by young missionaries who possess the most remarkable indefatigable spirit.
I am with them, constantly.
Being with them one by one, in group training sessions and large conferences, I am reminded of the desire of their hearts to share their witness and testimony of Jesus Christ.
They all take several knocks – daily.
Yet, each of them possesses grit!
True grit! And I’m not talking about John Wayne!
A toughness, an indefatigable resilient courage, to bounce back, again and again and again.
As defined by Angela Duckworth, grit is “Our passion and perseverance to reach long term goals.”
I am so grateful for my association with each and every one of them.
They have been called from many different countries and cultures all across the world to bring a message of hope and peace to a world that is in constant peril and commotion. (2 Timothy 3:3/D&C 45:26)
Through my personal interactions with each of them, I am a witness to the fact, that they possess an indefatigable zeal and testimony of the message they share.
It is a message of great hope, peace and centred in their love of Jesus Christ.
I know that when the focus of our lives is on Jesus Christ and His gospel, we can feel joy, regardless of what is happening—or not happening—in the world or in our lives.
As President Russell M. Nelson has said “the joy we feel has little to do with the circumstances of our lives and everything to do with the focus of our lives.”
If you want to find real joy, peace, purpose and meaning in life, then I suggest you listen to your heart.
Reach out to one of these indefatigable young men or young women today. They will help refocus your life.
Do you remember the song ” I walked Today where Jesus Walked”?
Evidence in the garden suggested the storm had been a rough one.
There was damage in the garden, including one of the ceramic pots which had been blown over and was broken into several pieces. My wife and I discussed our options. We determined to visit our local garden centre to purchase a replacement. However, we couldn’t settle on a new pot and instead a little later we decided to repair the broken pot and bought some glue instead. A few days later, the pot, showing its age a little, plus with some wear and tear, was repaired and functional once more, adding to the surroundings of the garden.
In a like manner, it struck me how powerful cohesion is and the importance of glue in many aspects of life, especially through this year. I considered my family, teams I’ve worked in through my career, then subsequently groups and organisations I have worked with in 2020. What is the glue, the cohesion, the bond that unites us, that keeps us sticking together and from falling apart? In life, we can choose – out with the old, in with the new or repair.
Unity, love, purpose, meaning, joy, happiness, a sense of belonging are all indicators of cohesive teams.
In your family, community, teams and organisations what is the glue that holds you together?