Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you’d have preferred to talk.
I love when I get a reminder that I have two ears and one mouth, perhaps I should use them in that proportion. Those of you who know me can attest, I LOVE to talk, it’s the listening part that I consistently need to work on.
A week of training in Utah with 9 other sales guys made for one intense week. At first it was all about just being me. Then it turned into making sure they knew who was the best. And finally I came to realize it was not so much what I could get out of the situation, but what I could bring to it.
Trusting God is not easy when you are asked…well…told you are sharing a room with someone else for a week of training. Long days and even longer work nights wore down every last fiber I had of tolerance and love for my fellow man.
But I just kept asking myself, ‘what does God want me to learn from this experience?’ And every time the answer was, just stay present, don’t worry about the lesson you’ll get down the line. And that’s a challenge for me. I like to know what the result of the situation is going to be before I’m willing to start it. Well, at least in the past. I’m beginning to understand a little better what it truly means to trust God, and just do the action step right in front of me.
When I was getting worn down this week, I wanted to blame my lack of sharpness on everything and everyone else. The easiest thing for me to do was to shut everyone else out, clamining it was their bad habits that was bringing down my performance. It was laughable when I finally realized it.
The truth is, I was learning more from my teammates than I cared to admit. As if their success was going to take away from my opportunity. Sometimes a tired, uncentered mind of mine can play tricks on me. And when I get a call that instead of flying out next week, I’m on a plane tomorrow morning, I could see how a better attitude lined things up in the Universe for me to not have time to allow that moss to gather on stone that wasn’t rolling.
It feels great to be back in the swing of working. The exhaustion I feel is minimized by the energy I’m gaining from this new experience.
Just for today I will look for opportunities to listen and take advantage of allowing God to set the path before me.