The dawn has been stunning the previous few days in Grand Rapids. On daily basis is a brand new day to be pleased about.
On the similar time, our world is going through a pandemic, a disruption to our lives, the likes of which we’ve by no means seen and can hopefully by no means see once more.
I’m writing now from residence. Yesterday I took a photograph – (the final picture for some time!) of my workplace view over Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids. I bought within the workplace and the world was coated in snow.
Winter was again.
The empty, snow coated, dreary metropolis considerably symbolizes how a variety of us are in all probability feeling. Alone, remoted, depressed.
I’m reminded of that fashionable trade in C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe:
“It is winter in Narnia,” stated Mr. Tumnus, “and has been for ever so lengthy…. at all times winter, however by no means Christmas.”
Kinda looks like that.
Given the Government Order from Governor Whitmer that was issued efficient Midnight this morning, companies all around the State have been scrambling to grasp and implement. There was and stays a variety of confusion.
Merely put, the impact of EO-2020-21 is that a variety of us can have extra empty area in our lives than we’re used to.
Beneath is a photograph I took just a few days in the past of downtown Grand Rapids – Lyon Avenue, particularly. Extra particularly, the skywalk between the DeVos Place and the Amway Grand Plaza Resort.
There appears to be a variety of area.
Plenty of margin.
(Paradoxically, one in every of my common commitments is to attempt to maintain extra margin in my life – effectively, I get it.)
I notice my actuality is totally different than the various who’re sick.
There are a lot of in want.
If you’re lucky sufficient to be wholesome like me, perhaps you might be discovering margin in your life on this loopy time.
If you’re like me, I’ve a query for you: what are you doing together with your margin?
Considered one of Adam’s feedback caught with me although:
“We are inclined to compartmentalize giving, reserving a unique set of values for the sphere of labor.”
Many people could also be targeted on doing proper to our neighbor, our households. However once we discover ourselves within the office, within the enterprise world, we’ve a very totally different mindset.
A “me first” mindset.
Right now is a brand new day. A chance to be “other-minded”
I’m reminded of one in every of my favourite scripture verses:
“Do nothing out of egocentric ambition or useless conceit. Slightly, in humility worth others above yourselves, not trying to your individual pursuits however every of you to the pursuits of the others.”
Philippians 2: 3-4
Wherever you end up, there are alternatives to think about others.
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We will all do one thing.
Let’s be “others-minded”.
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