Tag Archive for: unity
“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!
What is a SWOT Analysis?
Why should less be more?
A few days ago, we received a letter indicating the Belgium Netherlands Mission had been chosen to pilot a programme to integrate service missionaries into the traditional mission structure.
It is an exciting opportunity to reduce duplication of effort, have more aligned reporting structures and to be more unified in our missionary labours – together, as one.
As we unite, we will create an even stronger missionary force to spread the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
As we read in Ephesians 4:13; “Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.”
The Forth Road Bridge
As I considered the transition over the last few days, my thoughts returned to Scotland and the Forth Road Bridge, which is only a short distance from our home.
It was opened in 1964 and at the time was the longest suspension bridge in Europe, spanning 1005 metres across the Firth of Forth.
Suspension bridges have to be strong and tough enough to overcome a number of extreme obstacles – long distances, high winds, and water.
A suspension bridge is held up by individual wires, which when spun together make strands.
Several strands are then combined into giant wire cables that can hold thousands of tonnes of weight.
In a like manner, speaking figuratively, this principle is evident in our new mission structure, allowing us an opportunity to discover new strength in unity.
Unity grows when we serve together, teach each other, and encourage one another. Our hearts can be “knit together in unity and in love one towards another” – Mosiah 18:21
When it comes to structure, less, frequently is much more.
There is beauty in simplicity.
What blessings have you seen by being unified?
Joe Biden spoke last week on #unity. We all know that in society today, you don’t have to look very far to find disunity, disharmony and distrust.
Consider this story, shared by Barbara Lewis…
“A young boy visited his uncle, a lumberjack. At the lumber camp, the boy saw a huge tree standing alone on the top of a hill. He enthusiastically pointed the tree out to his uncle, saying, “Look at that big tree! It will make a lot of good lumber, won’t it?” His uncle looked down at the boy and shook his head. “No, son, that tree will not make a lot of good lumber. It might make a lot of lumber but not a lot of good lumber. When a tree grows off by itself, too many branches grow on it. Those branches produce knots when the tree is cut into lumber. The best lumber comes from trees that grow together in groves. The trees also grow taller and straighter when they grow together.”
Similarly, so it is with all of us.
We are better individuals, more useful timber, when we grow together, unified, rather than alone. Unity begins with you! With a common goal it is the glue that holds us all together.
We build unity when we serve others, showing that we genuinely care. Unity is a critical ingredient for harmony and success.
Let’s build unity and live without disputes among us.
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?