“I believe in the sun even when it is not shining.
I believe in love even when I don’t feel it.
I believe in God even when He is silent.”
That’s what it has felt like the past weeks. Like the country, our families, our churches, our schools, our businesses… we’ve all inhaled and are paused. Waiting to see what surfaces in the next weeks and months.
What is this going to look like? What is looming in this mountainous change? Where will we land? And we’ve sure seen some cloudy days in this, haven’t we? FELT them? The discomfort of uncertainty. The loss of plans. Of control. The smallness we feel in a world entrenched in something so unknown.
And then the resulting pause and hold… as people withdraw into themselves, each handling the shift and trauma in their own ways. In their own time. The slowing of our pace. The shift in our priorities. The broadening in our perspectives.
And, we’ve seen such goodness in the presence of that collective inhale. We’ve seen our families reconnect. Our neighbors and communities and churches and teachers, rally around one another, pulling for each other. And we’ve acknowledged that beauty even amidst the ongoing pressures. The ongoing unknowns. Even while still in the strangeness of it all.
And there is great beauty there. In finding peace and contentment in the chaos. In knowing that although we are in this wild place, with this massive, clouded mountain looming, that we will still be okay. That our strength comes from something deeper than our routines, and schedules. And, yes, even deeper than stable bank accounts.
And it’s not a distracted calm. It’s not avoidant of reality. It’s not skipping the fact that challenges loom. It’s bigger than that. Truer. It’s a knowing that we are anchored in something much bigger. With a greater plan than what we can fully see. It’s a knowing that if we keep collectively walking this path forward, we will come out of those clouds.
And with this deep this strength, we feel people again begin to breathe. To exhale. To inhale. And repeat.
To find themselves moving once again. But moving in purpose. Moving in grace. Moving in deeper knowing, with a perspective successfully divided between what needs to happen to move our country, our schools, our churches, communities, and businesses ahead again, while still being keenly attuned to the vastness that we know lies just beyond what we are doing today.
And as you move your business forward ask these questions to create a solid and actionable plan:
- What are the challenges? What is the reality our business is facing?
- What is the landscape for our clients? What are they experiencing? What are their deepest, most immediate needs? How can we serve that need?
- What can we leverage? What has our business created/developed in the past, that can be used to create successful outcomes?
- What is a realistic goal? What can we expect to create for financial outcomes in quarter two?
- What is needed to reach that goal? How quickly can we move?
And, this strategic approach is always better with a team. Gather yours and step ahead. And, if you find yourself needing to find that team, we’ll loan you ours. After all, we know they are kind of amazing.<3