To be kind. To be powerful. To be helpful. Several months ago I heard a sermon (thanks Kris!) and noted these three phrases. They have been on my mind ever since. At first I wrestled with the idea of how hard it is to be all three simultaneously. But then, as I reflected I began to wonder if you can be any of them if you are not in fact, all three of them. If I am kind, but powerless and not helpful, then am I really kind, or simply polite? I supposed we can easily see that people can be powerful in a bad and bully sort of way and certainly be neither kind nor helpful. But if you are wanting to be a good person, then doesn’t your power require these other two elements for balance? And conversely, if I really want to be known as a kind and helpful person, I think it requires the use of power – the use of strength and fortitude is what brings about real kindness and service. I find it interesting that the phrases began with kindness first – perhaps that is the intention. And then powerfulness – is that the action step? And finally helpfulness – the end result. I’m beginning to ask myself in challenging situations: Am I being kind? Am I being powerful? Is what I am doing helpful? I’ll be curious to hear what you think about these three little phrases.
Today we celebrate International Women’s Day – March 8. It began in the early 1900s, but has grown into a global celebration today. This year’s theme is … “I will.” What does that mean to you? Let’s talk about what we willed the next time we are together.