I recently participated in a Leader Development Group at my church. One of the exercises was creating a letter from God. It is challenging to write about one self sometimes but I thought it was a good way to think about my journey. I thought I would share. The pic below is the men that have been on this amazing path with me.
Thank you God for the beauty of this earth and every bit of life and nourishment that you have provided. Thank you for giving us the ability to be there for each other through your grace and the purpose that is within each of us. I personally want to thank you for giving me the ability to grow through your holy spirit for these last fifty years. You have blessed me with abundance, love, and capacity that I will honor for the rest of my days here and all eternity.
I thank you for your desire to grow in your faith and be an example of my kingdom on earth. I appreciate your growth in service to your community in a myriad of ways. Supporting and serving in capacities at various organizations. You have poured into the every and anyone that has needed you. You have created an example of a loving spouse, son, sibling, and you exemplify authentic fatherhood since you decided to assume those responsibilities. You have taken each opportunity in your career as a window to grow personally and grow others. You are a perfect work in progress and your desire to keep moving closer to the kingdom I have established is beautiful
One way I want to see you grow is your ability to accept my word as the word. You have a tendency to question the fallacies of man. I want to assure you that they too, are perfect and just as you. Have moved toward my kingdom on Earth and Heaven.
I want you to continue to grow by seeing my word and the covenant my Son, Jesus established in the world with everything in it. Place aside the cynicism of man and see me in every face, every creature, every object, and every sound. Continue to delve into scripture and allow it to help give guidance. Sustenance, and framing to your growth as you compound and love my kingdom.
If you fall wayward I will be there for you, but it will take time and reconstitution to help you re-align the path to grow your faith.
Your future will create unknown and unquantifiable bounty by growing and learning more of my word. There will be windows of spiritual growth that will continue to transform your life.
Love your heavenly father.,
Sometime ago, I shared my thoughts on Leadership and Intelligence as critical pillars for self development and the environment around us. When I wrote the first thoughts, it was more of a view from something I recalled being shared with me a decade or so ago. It never left me and had such a profound impact on everything, I had to get out my thoughts. Since then, I have had some great conversations about the deep meaning of how this has affected me and our world. Others have shared their personal journey and I can confidently say that I have never had the same conversation. These interactions have all been insightful as everyone has a view and it has been shaped from their earliest days to our current time.
I decided to create this follow up because I believe leadership is one the most critical disciplines we need right now in the world. Every news story, every image, and every time we see individuals across the world attempting to help us navigate through crises and challenges we should observe deeply what is happening.
I have had a personal aspiration to become a better leader for my entire life. I equated early that leadership was connected to service and personal development. I had many people (especially when I was younger) tell me that I wasn't a leader that fit into the world’s template. They were right,(when I was younger, I took it as a personal affront) I didn’t fit into any prescribed model. Neither do you. You have shaped your personal leadership style through your experiences, that can’t be fit into a stereotype. You encounter leadership situations every day of your life, regardless of whether you have your name in any kind hierarchy box with a title with several words, you still lead. Here are some elements for us all to consider:
Every day your example of self leadership inspires and creates an example for this world and the people around you. “What kind of leadership example do I convey” is a question I ask when it comes to my personal daily leadership. When I don’t workout, how am I developing myself? When I don’t read (not talking about consuming, nuanced difference), how am I growing? You get the idea. Everything from spirituality, work, family, health, education, are some ways we need to lead within ourselves. This will help us when the opportunity to lead presents itself, which it will daily in a myriad of ways.
There are amazing books throughout history that exemplifies what this means. It can sometimes be hard for us to do this as we float into a “Fixed Mindset” (Carol Dweck’s book “Mindset” gives us insight) posture. Ask yourself as you respond to a challenging moment “Is this a time to help or heal or am I internalizing this”. Both things could be happening, but our response is the key thing to consider. “How can I help this person, situation” is one of the first questions we can ask ourselves and others.
This is not an attempt to give every scenario and be a primer on how to be a leader, it was my hope that we observe leadership more closely, Every conservation at work, amongst our network, our church, our politics, our world should be viewed with an eye toward authenticity. In these times, it is one of the things we can perceive with our heart.
Look for thoughts on intelligence soon. It has morphed from what I intended in the original post.
Thank you and stay safe. -WW
As I write this, the world is going through some serious upheaval. Pandemics are all over, the specter of war doesn’t seem to have any intention of abatement, and the march of climate change affects communities and lives in incalculable ways. When we overlay this with the rapid advancement of technology which displaces industries, jobs, and economic systems there is some much for us to grapple with daily. My suggestion is we do something that God has given us the power to do. It is within every child, every senior, and every soul. You hear that and many things immediately come to mind. Prayer, Love, Service, and Giving are some powerful examples. Those are good (even great) and we should do them relentlessly and without reservation. They should all be incorporated into our daily workflows and plans.
I am referencing to us creating something, anything beautiful in this world. Many of us do this almost unconsciously and don’t give it the recognition it deserves. We label it only as a verb versus the noun that can transform our lives and mindset. I am here to tell you, that I believe in this time of all times, this is what and who we are. We are creators. We exist now, and we don’t need permission to be us and our spirit desires. When we create we release tension, effect depression, and most of all give our talent to the world. That talent has a ripple effect on everyone and everything it touches. We deserve to bask in the wake of your creativity.
When we say “create” that is sometimes too nebulous a term for some of us. Or it gets labeled as relegated to those in the “arts”. There are so many Creatives that run the gamut from engineers to artists and everything in between. In doing the podcast for Rising Tides Charity (Creativity Cocktail), we have been encountered by a myriad of creators that are making abundant energy and tools for everyone. We have had two chefs, three makeup artists, a therapist, several authors, and of course incredible people in the entertainment industry. Each story has been different and has impacted me and our audience with different results. I think about scientists, mathematicians, app makers, fashion designers, singers, painters and so many more that have been placed on this orb to give their talent to us. Think about the people you know. Each one of them is either a creator, used to be a creator, or wants to be a creator.
What do you create? There is something whether you know it or not. While the world barrages us with some many things to consider, distract, or combat, take a moment to be you. Being you is creating something using your mind (create in mind first, then use your hands sometimes). The people you love have probably seen it before and can point it out if you are having difficulty unearthing it. When seven billion decide to create something that beautifies, assists, entertains, or educates this world’s cycle of division, xenophobia, or classicism cannot thrive. Create something now! The world is telling us this is the best time to do so! Click here for exclusive messages on productivity and creativity!