The first thing was a very small part of talking about thankfulness and receiving gifts. Godin talked about when you receive a gift don’t leave it at just, “Thank you.” He gave a bunch of examples of things you could say such as “Thank you and I just blogged about what you did” (I liked that example since I am in fact blogging, right now). Anyways I thought that was pretty rad because as we who are in YWAM practically live off of gifts, it is important to remember to be giving back accordingly and to the same degree. Whether this means making our newsletters boss, or sending a gift once in a while, or even just calling and thanking our supporters, we need to remember not to take generosity for granted. I suppose if you think of being “indispensable” what’s to stop a supporter from pulling away from our non appreciating selves and supporting someone who is appropriately thankful?
The second thing was about “seeing clearly.” Godin wrote about keeping a clear mind. I loved how he gave examples of trying to work and a car horn is going off and he can’t, but another time there is leaves tapping on the window from a storm and he can work just fine. It seems like that the majority of times that we get annoyed with distractions and things that hinder our personal agendas, its the end of the world when its human, and it is totally ok when its nature. I would love to have a paradigm shift in this. His point is that we never see the big picture and we need to keep a clear head to make the right decisions. I just think that we need to love people and have grace. It’s true that we never really know what is going on with people and when they screw up or do something dumb, there may be a background story we are missing or some circumstance that is the real root of the screw up. Stephanie Murillo told me once when she was training me to run Mission Adventures back in 2006, that when she was running the program she had to make a conscious effort to ask questions. Once again a certain staff member was late to the morning session and instead of charging up to his room and letting him “have it”, she went up and asked “how he was doing”, “was he sick” etc? This helped her keep a great perspective of people over programs, and then also not looking like a total a-hole if he was sick. Mind you, he wasn’t but he did show up for the sessions more often on time after because he felt he had a leader who cared.