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Christmas Eve Leadership Lesson

It was the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, except that I was lying awake thinking about my unmet goals for the year.

Tomorrow morning, the kids will revel in the gifts and delights of the a holiday key to our family’s faith. I will muster my focus to participate fully and set aside the concerns that I did not accomplish all I set out to in 2007.

What does the coming of the Christ Child represent if not the abrupt intrusion of the unexpected gift we need most?  We learn that we are not alone and because we are not alone there is always hope.

And so, I do not beat myself up over missed targets. I learn. I get help. I look forward. I keep moving forward.

There is always a way forward. Even if it is not the path I had originally planned.  I adjust. I try again. I stay in the game.

I find my energies and efforts renewed by knowing that I am not alone and that there is always hope.

I think I will have no problem being fully present with my family tomorrow morning. I hope you will learn from your 2007 as well, so we can all show up for a more vital 2008.

Merry Christmas.



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