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I am Restless

 

“Restless”

I am the sea on a moonless night,
Calling, falling, slipping tides
I am the leaky, dripping pipes
The endless aching drops of light
I am the raindrop falling down,
Always longing for the deeper ground
I am the broken, breaking seas
Even my blood finds ways to bleed

Even the rivers ways to run
Even the rain to reach the sun
Even my thirsty streams,
Even in my dreams

I am restless, I am restless
I am restless, looking for you
I am restless, I run like the ocean to find your shore
I’m looking for you

I am the thorn stuck in your side,
I am the one that you left behind,
I am the dried up doubting eyes
Looking for the well that won’t run dry

Running hard for the other side
The world that I’ve always been denied
Running hard for the infinite
With the tears of the saints and hypocrites

Oh blood of black and white and gray
Death and life and night and day
One by one by one
We let our rivers run

I am restless, I am restless
I am restless, looking for you
I am restless, I run like the ocean to find your shore
Looking for you

I can hear you breathing,
I can hear you leading
More than just a feeling
More than just a feeling
I can feel you reaching
Pushing through the ceiling
’til the final healing
I’m looking for you

Until the sea of glass we meet
At last completed and complete
The tide of tear and pain subside
Laughter drinks them dry

I’ll be waiting
Anticipating
All that I aim for
What I was made for
With every heartbeat
All of my blood bleeds
Running inside me
Looking for you

I am restless, I am restless
I am restless, looking for you
I am restless, I run like the ocean to find your shore
I’m looking for you

I can feel you breathing
I can feel you leading
More than just a feeling
More than just a feeling
I can feel you reaching
Pushing through the ceiling
’til the final healing
I’m looking for you
I’m looking for you

 
“Restless” from the album

 

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The Tower of Babel

 1 Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. 2 As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there.

 3 They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. 4 Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”

 5 But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. 6 The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. 7 Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”

 8 So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. 9 That is why it was called Babel—because there the LORD confused the language of the whole world. From there the LORD scattered them over the face of the whole earth.

In this story from the Old Testament, the people had true unity and a common goal.  They were all working together in the same place, with the same vision.  God himself knew “nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them,” as long as they worked together with a common vision.

Our common purpose at Leaders Credit Union is to serve our members.  Nothing will be impossible for us as long as we all take hold of this purpose and work together to ensure we each serve our members at every opportunity.

What is the “common purpose” at your workplace? 

(Fun Fact: This bible story is where we get the English word “Babble” – to say something rapidly and incoherently)

 

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(borrowed from http://sethgodin.typepad.com)

Wrestling with a puzzle, a project, or a problem, the likeliest reason to give up is the belief that it can’t be done.

What’s the point of persevering if it’s actually impossible to succeed?

It can’t be done,” we say, throwing up our hands.  Not “I can’t do it,” or “It’s not worth my time,” butIt can’t be done.”

In the year after Roger Bannister broke the 4 minute mile, the record was broken again and again. Once people realized it could be done, it wasn’t an impossible task any longer. And that’s why there’s a flood of iPad-like tablets on the market, many from companies that had what they needed to build the first one, but didn’t until Apple showed them the way.

Two things you might take away from this: First, there’s consolation in finding someone who has done it before, whatever “it” is you’re trying to do. Knowing that it’s possible and studying how it was done can’t help but increase the chances you’ll stick it out.

Second: huge value increases to the few able to actually do a thing for the very first time.

How can you innovate at your workplace? 

How can you do something that hasn’t been done? 

What have you not attempted because you have convinced yourself it can’t be done?

Remember Today: DON’T GIVE UP; YOU ARE ON THE RIGHT TRACK!

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Think about all the tasks you have to perform at work.  Many of them are repetitive actions you could do with our eyes closed.  However, many of them require a level of attention and concentration higher than usual.  It is important to know when to block out distraction and focus on the task at hand.

Take the lion for example.  Experienced animal trainers take a stool with them when they step into a cage with a lion. 

Why a stool?

Answer:  It tames a lion better than anything – except maybe a tranquilizer gun.  When the trainer holds the stool with the legs extended toward the lion’s face, the animal tries to focus on all four legs at once.  And that paralyzes him. 

Divided focus always works against you. 

There is a Chinese proverb that states: “When you chase two rabbits, both escape.”  Dividing your focus between several tasks will often result in poor performance on one or all of the tasks.  You may even mimic the lion and become paralyzed. 

Focus on the most important and urgent task at hand, complete it, and move on. 

REMEMBER THE LION, AND STAY FOCUSED. 

 

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Former U.S. senator Sam Nunn said,

“You have to pay the price.  You will find that everything in life exacts a price, and you will have to decide whether the price is worth the prize.”

To be who you want to be, you will have to pay the price.  You will have to give up opportunities to be noticed.  You will have to sacrifice some personal goals for the sake of others.  You will have to get out of your comfort zone and do things you have never done before.  You will have to keep learning and growing when you don’t feel like it.  You will have to repeatedly put others above yourself.

And if you desire to be excellent, you will have to do things without fanfare or complaint. 

But remember, as NFL legend George “Papa Bear” Halas said:

“Nobody who ever gave their best ever regretted it.”

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 “Tentative efforts lead to tentative outcomes. Therefore, give yourself fully to your endeavors. Decide to construct your character through excellent actions, and determine to pay the price of a worthy goal. The trials you encounter will introduce you to your strengths. Remain steadfast… and one day you will build something that endures: something worthy of your potential.”

 — Epictetus, Roman teacher and philosopher (55 – 135 A.D.)

What is your goal?

What is your organization’s goal?

Is it a worthy goal?

Give yourself fully to this endeavor, and you will build something that endures: something worthy of your potential.

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You either did it, or you didn’t.  You are either on time, or you’re late.  You have a positive attitude, or you see the negative.  You either want to be here, or you don’t.  You make the best of a bad situation, or you complain.  You serve others, or demand they serve you.  You smile, or you scowl.  You stand and greet, or sit and wait.

Steven Brown, president of the Fortune Group, summed up this issue:

“Essentially there are two actions in life:

Performance or excuses.  Make a decision as to which you will accept from yourself.”

My dad had a more simple way of expressing this idea: 

“No excuses, just results.”

Be your best, and you will never have to make excuses, you will just have results.

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