How Are We Showing Up?
Gail Oliver Cambridge | February 1, 2022
Let’s Inspire Others!
When you were a child, I’m sure you were asked the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” When some of you got older, it probably was a dreaded question because you had no idea. However, for others, the response was a well-planned strategy. While our education, skills, and interests help shape our careers and how we live our lives, so too may our innate personal characteristics.
My football peeps are probably familiar with Dabo Swinney. For those who don’t recognize the name, Swinney is the head coach at Clemson University. Pastor David Jeremiah spoke about meeting Mr. Swinney and described his positive attitude and selfless acts despite his having had an unfortunate upbringing. A friend who lives in South Carolina and knows Swinney also spoke highly of his character. He said, “Dabo is a fine person and a great man who has an attitude of preparing his players for life not football.”
This is just one example of someone shining his inner light outward, and I’m sure you have all witnessed people in your lives doing this. In fact, we all have this inner capacity to project such a quality outlook and generous spirit. However, how do we respond when things don’t go our way? In these political, divisive times, how do we react when we disagree? As a boss, do we treat our employees fairly and with respect? Being in a financially stable position, are we condescending to others who are not, or are we unpretentious? Do our private lives differ drastically from our public persona? If we’re not using our innate ability to exercise our love muscle, we can begin by practicing the golden rule of treating others the way we ourselves would like to be treated. Let’s follow this value pattern in all aspects of our lives despite any differences we are sure to encounter. Where are we now as adults? We’re smart and talented people who excel at our jobs but, more importantly, who all possess quality attributes that inspire one another. How are we showing up? We’re teaching others in the areas where we shine, not necessarily in classrooms but by our lived experiences — the possibilities are endless!