It is easy to get jaded and look at everything that is wrong with our culture. Unfortunately, that can lead us to have a very cynical worldview. Once that happens, it is likely that the downward cycle will perpetuate itself. The end result is that it becomes more and more challenging to see the good that surrounds us. Negativity begets negativity.
Today, I was reminded of the immense amount of potential we still have in our society. My job applicant in the mock interview was professional in appearance and demeanor. His communication skills were far beyond his young years. It was evident that he has not only had good teachers in the classroom, but his parents have obviously taught him a great deal about life, business, and success. His accomplishments in the academic arena, along with all of his extracurricular achievements, are truly remarkable.
I gave my applicant some personal feedback about the interview process when it concluded, and then we enjoyed a brief casual conversation in a more relaxed setting. I hope the exercise was beneficial for the student. It was very good for me. This week has included endless amounts of meetings and challenges, but today's experience reminded me why I do this work. It is about setting up our young people to live a faith-filled life coupled with those skills necessary for success in the endeavors they pursue. Well done Ryan!