I’m working on a project with an organization. It’s a great group of people with lots of potential, but in all honesty, they can’t get out of their own way and almost all of the issues the company has are self-inflicted. As I watch why they struggle, I sometimes just want to reach out over Zoom and shake them to their senses. What’s missing? I’ve tried to distill it down and it basically is that there is a lack of consideration of others that causes them to make it harder than it needs to be for each other. It’s really the basic part of respecting each other’s time and energy with a commitment to never waste or take advantage of either from the people we work with.
William Barclay wrote a devotional in 1959, “A Book of Everyday Prayers” (a gift to me from my Pastor). One of the prayers Barclays writes is this: “Take from us the carelessness, the selfishness, the inconsiderateness, the untidiness, which make the work of others harder than it need to be”. We all will be better for ourselves and others if we pray that prayer and then take it fully to heart and into action.
Reference: Philippians 4:5 (New Living Translation)