So much to share, so many things to say, so many lessons learned. Where to start? Perhaps we’ll start by thinking about lost opportunities. Many years ago, after losing a few pounds, I wrote a book entitled, “Never Say Diet Again!”. Although I had it proof-read by a professional and sent the transcript off to a few publishers, I never carried it to its full potential. Then, I had an idea for writing two other books, again based on life experience, “Patch Work Families”, and “Twice Adopted”. But, I got busy with working and life and just didn’t put pen to paper, so to speak. Now, I can’t help but wonder what those lost opportunities may have cost. Not necessarily in cost to me personally but, the cost to folks that may have needed an encouraging word about putting a patch work (blended) family together. Or an adopted child in need of understanding, in the case of “Twice Adopted.” Perhaps you can think of opportunities lost. Kind words unsaid. Helping hands not extended. Difficult decisions avoided. Waiting too long to stand up for what you know to be right no matter the cost.
These lost opportunities can either haunt us or move us on. Either paralyze us or move us to action at the next opportunity. Let me encourage you to choose not to dwell on lost opportunities, but to use these lessons as a catalyst to lead the way when the next occasion presents itself. Choose to seize the moment. Lessons learned.
Courageous Leadership is about looking for and riding the wave of opportunity. Modeling the way in words and deeds that line up. Anchoring leadership decisions in the precepts of the Bible. Paving the way in 21st century leadership even when influencing the culture is hard. Through this blog, I hope you will find encouragement and understanding of not only what leadership looks like, but how you can walk it out in your everyday 21st century life.
I hope you’ll come along for the ride.