I recently journeyed to a field that was once used for soccer and flag football. As I drove up, I couldn’t help but notice that the fields that were so clear in my mind were no longer there. Nothing had been built on them, but they were overgrown with weeds and tall grass up to my waist.
As I looked across the expanse, I had two thoughts:
- I’m looking at a field that had once been well cared for green grass and a place where people could play. The thought that occurred was one I had heard recently from a fellow leader: “The past has nostalgia; the future never does...”
- I’m looking at a field of weeds and, being honest with myself, realize my mind probably looks and certainly feels that way. This brings me to conclude the above thought: “…which explains why your job as a leader, parent, friend, business leader and spiritual mentor in moving people forward is so challenging.”
As you continue to move forward into the future with your family, your job and your life, thank God for the moments and transformational memories of what was, while still embracing the opportunity of what can be, even when it is difficult to see.
“The past has nostalgia; the future never does, which explains why your job as a parent, friend, business leader and spiritual mentor in moving people forward is so challenging.”