“Sometimes we have to be thirsty to crucify
the things in life that prevent us from achieving our greatness.”
This is Easter Weekend, and many are busy with plans for spending time with family and friends, including a Sunday meal complete with family favorites. Scores of churches have participated in Lenten Season activities that will culminate in a grand Easter celebration. Last night I had the privilege of participating with six other ministers in a 7 Last Words service. Each person was given a limited time to speak on his or her particular word, representing what is recorded as one of the last 7 sayings of Christ. My task was to speak on the 5th Word from the Cross – I Thirst. As you are no doubt aware, a thirst relates to a desire for something to drink in order that the thirst will be quenched.
Speaking on the thought – I Thirst – brought to mind its applicability to our daily lives. For what are you thirsty? Are you thirsty for your life’s purpose, thirsty to find your place in the world, thirsty to do what it takes to realize your life’s dreams? Are you thirsty to tap into life at a whole new level – allowing you to achieve well beyond your greatest imagination? And are you thirsty to crucify the things in your life that have heretofore stood in the way of your progress?
Many people dream about achieving great things in life; and dreams require dedication, discipline, time, and effort. Hardly a dream to accomplish something significant will come to fruition without the work necessary to bring it to pass. That means – life requires a real thirst for what we desire to accomplish, a passion if you will. A strong thirst drives us to meet the desired outcome with the ‘work’ of our hands. Today my wish for you is simple – to encourage you to find your life’s passion, feed it with hard work and dedication, and go after exactly what you believe you were placed on this earth to accomplish.
Until next week, best wishes on your journey, Dr. G
Copyright © 2015 Geneace Williams
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During a recent dining experience, I was favored to share a conversation with the Chef/Owner. I will never forget how he looked me in the face and with all sincerity said, “Kindness alone saved me.” Needless to say I was so impacted by his statement that I scrambled for a pen to capture this small but profound account of his life. In just that moment, he had gained my undivided attention, and I wanted more. His statement moved me so much so that I repeated it and knew immediately it was “ripe” for my upcoming Weekly Wisdom blog post. He went on to explain how Kindness was the one thing in life that had permeated him to the very depths of his being. It was kindness that had led him to change and lead a more simple life. Kindness had inspired him to both eat and live healthier. Kindness had led him to a greater spiritual existence, and kindness dictated the manner in which he would live out the remainder of his earthly existence. Wow – there was so much packed into this small but life-altering testimony. I could hardly wait for time with pen and paper and the opportunity to inspire others with what I had heard this night. This small town Chicago suburban “restaurateur” had not only served me great food, but also great lessons for life. So, here it is…
The experience that evening was so powerful it drove me to my dictionary for a closer look. Classified as a noun, kindness was defined as the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate. In reality, this definition did not come close to capturing the depth of what kindness had clearly accomplished in this man’s life and truth to tell in my life either. It left a void. So I turned to the Greek Dictionary where indeed I found my answer. Translated from Greek, kindness equates to moral excellence suggesting if real in your life kindness will permeate your very existence. And moral excellence is intentionally setting higher the bar for the manner in which you will live and setting it higher than your comfort zone allowing you to continually stretch toward what is good, just and right as you encounter others.
As I learned from this restaurant owner, kindness is not a matter of how you are served at a restaurant or even that you are served with a smile. Kindness is a fruit that when properly nurtured, cared for, and pruned, like a healthy fruit tree, can bear life-giving, life-inspiring, and life-transforming fruit. When kindness exists as fruit in your life, it becomes a part of who you are not just what you do. Kindness is not a box that you can – without more – check completed. It is more than please and thank you, or being polite when circumstances dictate; more than benevolence, or even philanthropic pursuits. It is more than patting yourself on the back for lending someone a helping hand. Kindness is an attitude, belief, and core value. It is character and integrity. It is humility and humanity. Kindness is a difference-maker! And it reminds me of a quote from my book on leadership that really applies to us all, “Leadership is not advanced by the number of people you encounter; rather, its power is in the depth of the transaction.” Where do you measure on the making a difference meter?
My hope for you after having read this blog is that you will never be able to view kindness in the same manner and that it will move you to thought AND action. Kindness is a moral imperative for life that reaches capacity within when you so impact the lives of others that they will never be the same as a result of having had an encounter with you.
Quote borrowed from Leadership DASH Breaking Through the Finish Line.
Until next week, Dr. G
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“A Desire for Success Without the Drive and Discipline of Pursuit Is Nothing More Than a Wish. Live Beyond Interest” – Geneace Williams
Several years ago, a client began calling me Dr. G. And – It Stuck! He often thanked me and said he appreciated the “Wisdom” I shared with him on his journey in life. I must admit I cannot take credit for being wise or having substance to share with others. In fact, I am clear it is a Gift from God – one that I do not take lightly or for granted. It is something I have been doing since childhood – even before I had the ability to recognize I had been given a Gift. Thankfully, and because of the gift of great parents, one thing I have learned over many years is that a Gift is to be shared. So with the gift of time, and for such a time as this, I have made a commitment to use this ‘Gift of Wisdom’ for the greater good of those who follow, read and find value in what I share.
That said – you have stumbled across Weekly Wisdom with Dr. G. It is our place and our time to connect on a regular basis. It is my opportunity to share this and that, tips and truths, and yes a bit of opinion and encouragement as you strap on your shoes and continue ‘the journey’ called life.
Today I encourage you to “Fuel Your Passion.” It is the beginning of a brand new year – the time when many are busy setting new goals. This year, challenge yourself to do something different, something more. Resist the temptation to simply set another goal. Rather, set an Intention! In other words, a desire for success is not sufficient to drive you to achieve what you were born to do. Intention must be turned into intentionality and become words in action. Intentionality is having the drive and discipline to pursue your purpose until your destiny you have reached. Intentionality means you do the things for you that will lead you to work until the work is done. When you fall, as we all do, Get Up, and Get Up Quickly. Dust yourself off, re-examine where you are headed and the path you have chosen to get you there. Doing so will help you live beyond a mere interest in something and live into the required commitment and pursuit that allows things to happen.
You would never get into your car headed on a long road trip without fueling your automobile. How much more important is it that you fuel the temple that is facilitating the fulfillment of your life-long passion. So begin anew today! Develop a morning routine that fuels your mind, body and spirit – exercise, meditate, read, recite affirmations, listen to energetic music, and eat a good breakfast. These simple kinds of things will take you much farther than you ever imagined. They are the precursor to a full tank. Start each day with ample fuel to get you through the rigor of pursuing a passion. Don’t wish for success in life. Go after it, and begin today by giving it all “you got”!
Until next week, Dr. G
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