The content of my weekly blogs is drawn primarily from ancient Hebrew wisdom literature, while the 2020 format was inspired by James Clear’s “3-2-1” Thursdays. Building from my recent book UNBEATABLE! Seven Pillars of Personal Excellence, each week you will receive One Pillar/Proverb, One Principle and One Practical.
“Greatness is not a function of circumstance. Greatness, it turns out, is largely a matter of conscious choice”-Jim Collins, author.
How do we learn about greatness? We can read books about the subject. Perhaps we may decide to look at movies with persons who we consider to be courageous and skillful. Or maybe, there’s someone in your sphere of influence who is an exemplary portrayal of what it means to be great.
I want to take the time this week to express gratitude to the women in our lives. They display greatness, day in and day out in different ways. My mother, the late Ruth Marcus, would have turned 78 years on April 17, 2020, were she still alive. I’ve learnt so much from her. My wife, Michelle, is wise, insightful, and has the capacity to love people deeply. She’s a gift from God. This week, CNN published an eye-opening article in which they highlighted a number of countries that have done brilliantly in the fight against COVID-19 including Taiwan, Germany, New Zealand, Finland and Iceland. Here’s the clincher: they all have female leaders.
These women and so many others have made consistent conscious choices that have shaped their character and leadership. May we never take them for granted.
My challenge this week borrows language from a wonderful book I finished recently entitled, The Shepherd Leader at Home, by Timothy Witmer. He simply says two powerful words as he closed his book: “Cherish her.”
To learn more about these pillars of personal excellence, read UNBEATABLE! which is now available on Amazon in print and as an e-book.