Today, my wife (Lisa) and I joined many others at our church to participate in a 2 week Daniel Fast. Fasting is a powerful spiritual discipline that helps us focus our attention on our spiritual journey and draw closer to God. With this type of fast, we are restricting our diet to fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains and water…eliminating meat, dairy, sugar, and other drinks. It is a strict design that was modeled by Daniel (same guy as “Daniel in the Lions Den”).
So, this morning I began my day with oatmeal and blueberries.
It wasn’t a bad meal…and I am not going hungry…but I found myself grumbling to myself as I went without the pot of coffee and tasty cereal (with milk) that I normally enjoy. It didn’t take long before I realized – this is FAR BETTER than the full blown fasts I’ve done in the past. I thought back to the longest liquid fast I’ve ever done (21 days) and got very grateful very quick.
It’s ridiculous how often I complain internally about my circumstances without looking on the bright side. If I’m not careful, my perspective can easily focus on the negative rather than the positive.
That is also true about my projects. I can easily focus on what is not working. I tend to complain about the obstacles in my path. I lean into being critical of delays I encounter. But that is not the entire story. That perspective fails to take into account the bigger picture.
My team gets discouraged, too. So, they need me to focus on the positive. They need me to carry a “can do” attitude. They need me to celebrate the accomplishments that we’ve already made. They need me to see the glass as half full.
I bet your team needs that as well. Thanks for listening.