Yesterday I gave a presentation and shared a painful story from our lives and some of the lessons we learned, hoping to make a difference for even one person.
Two specific lessons I shared were:
- Brokenness can serve as a catalyst to humble us and make us whole again.
- Thankfulness is the key to continuing that evolution.
Tonight I realized that September 11th is just around the corner. That date, always makes me think of where we were on the day our nation will never forget… My husband was at work in Houston. I was on a business trip in Phoenix. I turned on the television in my hotel room as the plane hit the second tower and wondered if I had tuned into a movie instead of the news. When the Pentagon was hit, I realized everything was real and wondered if this was the start of WW III.
Several nights later I returned to Houston, by car, in the middle of the night. When I walked in the door, my husband and I just held each other, so thankful that we were both safe and that we were together again.
In the days and weeks that followed, our emotions and experiences echoed that of Americans across Our Country.
- Numbness, grief, fear and questions mixed with a renewed realization of how precious our families, our country and our freedom were.
- The red, white and blue decorations on homes, cars, businesses and even on people reminded each of us that we were all in this together, instantly causing us to feel a connection to even complete strangers because of our shared focus on our nation.
- From the highest offices in our government, to our workplaces and even in our schools, we spoke openly of God and prayed together.
Tonight as all of these thoughts jumbled together, I was reminded that a key trait of great leaders is humility. Then the lyrics of a song that played repeatedly after September 11th ran through my mind, ““If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face, and turn away from all their wicked ways, then I will hear them and move my hand and freely then I will forgive and I will heal their land.”
In life, in leadership, in communities and in nations:
- Brokenness can serve as a catalyst for humility and wholeness.
- Thankfulness is the key to continuing that evolution!