by Ron Noecker
I don’t want to watch life from the sidelines. I want to live in the stream, making contributions, and taking risks. Of course, it will be good if I weigh the risks associated with deciding one way or another, but I do not want to sit back and not take reasonable chances in life. Helping others do a risk versus benefit analysis is something I do as a caregiver. I am a guide through the waters. My patients know that they have to consider options and look to me for some direction.
As a team player, I know it’s easy to criticize what others are doing, but I’d rather be known as someone who is making an offering. I don’t want to hinder creativity by saying that we tried that before and it didn’t work. And if I say “We don’t do that,” I want to know who the “we” is. It means knowing my point of view and having the courage to share those ideas and not allowing the heckles from the sidelines to deter me.
Caring for people means I am willing to take some risks by offering suggestions though I can’t be absolutely sure of the outcomes. I know I have been hurt on occasion or have also messed up because I just didn’t see all sides of the story. I intend to keep taking risks and allowing all those experiences to make me wiser whether I succeed or fail.
Divine Presence, help me to know that I am unconditionally loved and cared for in life. May it be the strength from which I take risks to make life better for those I serve and care for as well as myself. Learning from my mistakes, may I treasure forgiveness and be confident that I can contribute to the benefit of all around me. AMEN.
ACTION: Consider the times you’ve helped someone do a risk/benefit analysis. What are the keys to engaging the process well? Consider if you criticize more than contribute. What can you do to adjust the balance?
Learn more about the above photo by Kendall Draeger below. Our thanks to Kendall for his use in this series called, “Leadership.” Credit is given for the influence provided in “Dare to Lead” by Brené Brown in these reflections. Learn more at BreneBrown.com.