I have learned many things through the years. (I wish I had learned some of these things much sooner in life.) Supervising people has taught me lessons about being a good leader. The most profound lesson I have learned is that I actually work for my employees. It is my job to help them succeed. In those moments when I have helped someone achieve a particular goal, I am almost as thrilled for them as if I had accomplished it myself. Is it possible that I value cooperation more than competition at this point in time?
Competition certainly has its place in life. Remember, I played both basketball and baseball at the collegiate level. I appreciate good, healthy competition. (As a side note, I am definitely not a fan of everybody getting a participation trophy.) However, I am deeply aware of the impact we can have on society when we join forces and work together to achieve a common goal.
One of my friends on social media posted early this morning, "Holy Week Hump Day." I had never heard Wednesday of Holy Week referred to in that manner, but for all the working people who do not get Good Friday off as a holiday, it is indeed the workweek hump day today. The Sacred Triduum begins tomorrow evening. So I pose this general reflection question in light of your Lenten journey:
Whose life did you impact in a positive way during the course of the Lenten season? Did you help someone's dreams take flight?