Had a great time in the eleventh chapter of Matthew; I continue to be fascinated and enthralled by the man that I follow. Finding myself constantly astounded by what feel like new revelations; I've been in church ALL my life, been a committed Christian for twenty years - and yet it seems that every single day, something new and different appears. It was a source of wonder and joy today, and gratitude. I'm sure it's a combination of experience, time, circumstances and situations - all wrapped together by the active and alive mystery of faith. Way cool. It was great to have some time to just soak in all that today.
I found myself crying a lot this afternoon, moved by music, by words...and I am not quite sure what to make of that. Again, there are pools of gratitude all around. It's not necessarily sorrow, but some emotional release. I imagine I'll have some understanding before the end of the week.
It is really, really cold here - at least in terms of what you might think of as "beach weather". I walked today and found myself quite miserable. No sun, either. But I'm not complaining....
Major in-depth work today was in this book; written by Lee Cockerell, Creating Magic is his "10 common-sense leadership strategies from a life at Disney". Much of it I find very familiar in terms of what has evolved into some intuitive practices in my own leadership. Much of it is exciting, and a great reminder of what really matters. Frankly, I'm a bit surprised at how much I like this book - and how endearing it is.
Here are a few bullet points that I found particularly intriguing or affirming:
- Leadership starts with respect for all people.
- Effective leaders work hard to create democratic, participatory environments (sounds like a church volunteer structure to me).
- Achieve leadership excellence by spreading responsibility and authority throughout the organization; anyone at any level can exert leadership and make a positive difference.
- Leadership means making the right things happen by bringing out the best in others (alot like being a mom!).
- Authority is nothing without good relationship skills.
- Virtually every problem or conflict in the world can be traced to a leadership failure.
- Everyone matters and everyone knows he or she matters.
- One vital question: "Is there anything else you think I should know?"