Great leaders’ lives are filled with endless challenges and opportunities, seemingly interminable days after which they push even harder to achieve more, greater results. These days are filled with joyous achievements, the tangible realities of extraordinary results, the forming and bonding of rich human relationships and planning for the future. During these days, their feelings may range from exhilaration to burnout. There are great successes and humbling losses, emotional highs and lows. This, they know, is part of their magnificent journey. Their life is their creation. It is one fired by their ceaseless passion and joy for what they do and whom they serve.
In this endless sea of commitment to what they love, there comes time when they lose sight of all that they have done, because their minds and hearts are in the present moment, not looking back but at the now and what is coming. Great leaders realize that rejuvenation is an integral part of their journey. It is needed to sustain and prepare their minds, hearts and bodies for the days ahead. The secret sauce of this rejuvenation is found beautifully in chosen moments of reflection – the brief pauses in which they remind themselves of the small steps, the small wins and achievements that give evidence of the value of their efforts and the progress attained. It is in these moments that they reinvigorate their personal satisfaction and gratitude for what they have achieved.
May we remember always the wise counsel of Johan Wolfgang von Goethe: “We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise we harden.” May you pause at each day’s end with joyous gratitude for its gifts – the good and the not-so-good – for they are all learnings for our magnificent journey ahead.
Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!