Posted on March 14, 2008 by Amy Tolmie
Why is it that wherever we are in life there is always the temptation to isolate ourselves, even if we're the most extreme extrovert, and to end up with an 'I'm struggling with this on my own attitude' to our work? Even if we do keep God in the picture, the busyness of our days means it's easy not to make time for phone calls,emails or meetings with those walking on a similar path to ourselves.
At LCET a few of us have been meeting with a fabulous lady from the Open University to explore Leadership and she really challenged us to think about where we get new ideas and, in a sense, our creativity from. One of the things that stood out the most for me, was her emphatic suggestion that if there are people in our lives who inspire us we should be diarying time to meet with them - obvious? But do we do it? It can all too easily feel like a luxury, if there isn't a specific outcome to the meeting or if it doesn't meet a tangible need.
But this afternoon's coffee with Kieran, really helped re-energise me, it's great to share the struggles with someone who is in a similar position to me; learning to direct a team. In fact I'm sure a wise book says something about rejoicing over each other's successes and mourning with each other over our grief, it's something we do on team I hope but there's a different power that come's through linking up with others outside your own work.
It reminds me of the words to that old hymn (recently covered by Jars of Clay)
we will work with each other,we will work side by side
we will work with each other, we will work side by side
and we'll guard each man's dignity and save each man's pride
and they'll know we are Christians by our love by our love,
yes they'll know we are Christians by our love.