what Easter reminds me of (as a non religious person)

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“Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future.”

 

Robert H. Schuller

 

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Well.

 

 

Happy Easter <if you celebrate it>.

 

 

By no stretch of the imagination am I religious, however, I think it is silly to simply regard religion & religious believers as ‘followers of fantasy.’

 

 

Faith, in and of itself, is a strong complex concept. Inevitably a strong faith is grounded in two things – faith in oneself and faith in some external beliefs <be they something specific , like God or Allah, or something less tangible, like morals & an ethical compass – all of which can also be intertwined>.

 

 

I say the two things because just faith in oneself is … well … narcissistic … and just faith in something external … well … most likely absolves you of any self will or individual thought.

 

 

Anyway.

 

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My apologies to my religious friends because I tend to believe I am going to bastardize the true concept of Easter to make a couple of points.

 

 

If you want to be successful in business you learn very quickly the balance between confidence & humility … and its affect on uniting & dividing.

 

All you need to do is to change jobs once in your career … and face a new organization and new community of employees as a stranger … that you need to earn trust & confidence & respect  & ‘likeability’ <assuming that last one is important to you>.

 

You need to prove your competence and trustworthiness and ability to work within a team <or manage a team> therefore you must demonstrate dedication and commitment to hard work … and some empathy toward the existing community and the way things are done.

 

Trust precedes any change. And that includes progress & outcomes. Trust is typically slow to build and it seems like a ceaseless struggle … especially if you truly are trustworthy and have the best intentions.

 

Now.

 

Humility can be a tricky word.

 

Tricky in that in some case it can connote some meekness or ‘lack of leadership skills.’ But it can also refer to a willingness to self assess, recognize self limitations, recognize gaps in knowledge, recognize that ideas can come from anywhere and anyone and an ability to recognize good advice.

 

Humility, when genuine and when tied to a good self esteem & confidence in one’s beliefs & skills, unites.

 

It unites people to a way of doing things and a way of thinking about things.

 

Most importantly, it doesn’t dictate specifics but rather establishes a framework for accepted protocol.

 

If you are in a leader position assuming a new position in a new organization … this is the true way to impact existing behavior & attitudes.

 

And you know what?

 

That is what Easter reminds me of.religion subtle

 

We are all shaped by the cultures in which we were raised. And change is difficult. And, yet, change is our constant companion.

The other constant companion we have is unrest somewhere in the world at any time. The world, heck, the universe, is never totally calm.

 

Far too often we bluster our way thru change and transition & unrest trying to convince everyone we not only know what the hell we are doing but also we know where the hell we are going … and that we know where the hell a ‘calm place’ resides.

 

Fear of failing or not being good enough <in the moment or in totality> makes us say and do things we may not really want to say or do in our heart of hearts.

 

It is only being centered on humility which permits us to forge thru the change & transition ceaselessly and arrive out the other side not only better … but having made those around us better … and while no guarantee of ‘no unrest or turmoil’ we all end up a little better able to face it.

 

 

Humility permitted Jesus Christ to unite people behind an idea and a way of doing things and saying things.

 

And he did so by never standing at a podium and boasting about his beliefs, he didn’t do this by making non-believers the enemy or suggesting anyone should be shut out <in fact he welcomed non-believers to hear his message in the hope they would … well … believe>, he never sought endorsements, he never built an election headquarters, he never solicited an endorsement, he spent more time among the working people than anyone else …  and he explained ideas that were complex and simple at exactly the same time.

 

 

Today?

 

 

Almost 1/3rd of the world’s population will gather somewhere to remember not only the person called Jesus but ponder the words & thoughts.

 

Portions of the other 2/3rd will look on and think “I don’t believe in this resurrection thing … but … I do wish I had some sense of what those people have and I like the hope aspect.”

 

That is the power of humility.

 

That is the power of building change not thru violence or bombastic rhetoric or even false promises but rather thru words & thoughts of love, caring and hope.

 

I get grumpy with the people who say that “today’s world demands you to shout to be heard & noticed.”

 

That’s bullshit.

 

A voice that has something meaningful to say will be heard whether it is whispered, written or done in sign language.

 

I would also suggest that “hope” need not be shouted for, even when whispered, it echoes throughout every corner of the world.

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Hope unites any and all.

 

And I know I learned that from changing jobs.

 

 

People do not long for kings or people to simply tell them what to do or who to hate or even where to hide <or how to shut out ‘those driven to destroy us’>.

 

People want one who believes ‘people don’t want to destroy us … they just do not understand our way, our words and our beliefs’ … while protecting us along the way.

 

People want one who protects my freedom and my rights.

 

People want one who doesn’t sacrifice morals under the guise of ‘it is good for us to do so’ or ‘we have to in order to be successful.’

 

People want one who believes in my dreams, defends my dreams and doesn’t permit my dreams to slip down the slope of mediocrity.

 

People want one who creates an environment for me to rise, stand or fall on my own merit … all the while not blaming anyone, and not permitting me to blame anyone, should I fall … and equally insure I have a fair chance to receive what is due me for my successes.

 

People want one who is inclusive not exclusive … and one who unites and not divides.

 

 

I know I learned all that by assuming a leadership title in a new organization <and having to earn the leadership mantle to match the title>.

 

Maybe if I were more religious I wouldn’t have had to learn it that way.

 

Maybe that is part of what Easter does for me. It reminds me of great lessons and lessons learned in a variety of ways.

 

And maybe Easter also reminds me that Hope & Faith never truly dies.

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Change, and big transitions, can often look like the death of something … and, yet, in the end … something new is never really born … something, more often than not, is simply reborn.

 

 

And maybe, just maybe, that is why we should let our Hopes and not our hurts define our future.

 

Ok.

 

Once again.

 

I apologize to my religious friends because I would be willing to bet I got a shitload wrong from a religion standpoint. But, in my defense, I think Easter made me think about some important things and share some thoughtful thoughts … and I hope that is part of what God would hope for everyone.

 

 

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