Date Added: January 2017
January is a time for resolutions, fresh outlooks, and hope for a successful year personally and professionally. With the holidays long gone, the beginning of the year is a great time to think about our role in the world – both locally and globally – as well as those we closely interact with at work, at home and in our communities.
This requires us to take a deep look at ourselves and our actions, and how we interact with others. A new year brings renewal and fresh beginnings to co-worker and other relationships, and the ability to rebuild and/or strengthen corporate cultures. Some questions to consider:
These questions make me think of interesting words by Clarence Jordan from “The Substance of Faith and Other Cotton Patch Sermons,” and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. The following is a blend of Jordan, King, and Yeghiaian to provide discernment as we embrace 2017. Our combined resolution is that:
Each and every day we will to look deeply into the eyes of people of different color than us to see their soul so we each clearly know it’s the soul of another human being – different from us in many ways, yet similar in terms of being a human being seeking a good life with work, family and community.
Each and every day as we travel and interact with people of different religions and ethnicities we will plea to join hands – people from the West with those from the East, and those from the North with those from the South – and all will see the others’ good.
Each and every day we will be honest and kind to others. We will praise others’ gifts and abilities they bring to you, your co-workers and organization; and be thankful to be working side-by-side with them.
Each and every day our military who serve and safeguard our glorious country, and leaders who make decisions to protect our country, will learn the art of peace so we may be spared the degradation of war and heartbreaking shame of using implements of war.
Each and every day our generations of Baby Boomers and other experienced individuals will join their wisdom with that of Millennials’ strength and energy to truly be partners of improvement. They will respect each other, be slow to criticize, and quick to forgive. The experienced will be filled with compassion and understanding, and the youth with gentleness and loving concern.
To echo King, “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal.’ I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
“This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with a new meaning… And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village… from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands.”
Each and every day we will each open our eyes to humankind to see the glory of that which is around us. Each and every day we will open our ears to humankind to hear the sounds of nature and the small voice of reason and goodwill.
Each and every day we will open our minds to humankind to find joy in bearing each other’s burdens. Each and every day we will open our hearts to our faith, believing that we are God’s people; and there is always someone willing to wipe away our tears, dispel our doubts, remove our fears… and usher in an amazing and glorious year.
David Yeghiaian is committed to inspiring others through faith and leadership. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.