Thursday, November 12, 2009

Amazing Principles and quotes

Hello, friends. I hope that by now I may consider you my friend, and that you consider me friend as well. This has been an exciting journey so far, this journey of life. Let's get inspired and continue our journey!

It is a family tradition at my house to receive a calendar for Christmas. This year, my calendar has a beautiful picture, a virtue, and a quote about that virtue for each month. November's virtue is faith. St. Augustine said "Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of faith is to see what you believe."

This ties directly to what John Maxwell says about vision {remember that I'm reading his book}. He says that vision, or faith, is essential for leaders. Leaders themselves need to have a vision, and they need to impart this vision to those around them; otherwise, these leaders know where they are going, but are going there alone.

Maxwell describes this importance: "During World War II, parachutes were being constructed by the thousands. From the workers' point of view, the job was tedious. It involved crouching over a sewing machine eight to ten hours a day and stitching endless lengths of colorless fabric. The result was a formless heap of cloth. But every morning the workers were told that each stitch was part of a life-saving operation. They were asked to think as they sewed that each parachute might be the one worn by their husbands, their brothers, their sons. Although the work was heard and the hours long, the women and the men on the home front understood their contribution to the big picture." [pages 156-157]

Let vision guide you to see the bigger picture, even in the mundane tasks. Visualize the end result, and fight for it!

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