Renewal is on my mind for a reason. This weekend my faith community celebrated its 300th anniversary. One of the special events held to commemorate this milestone was a commissioned drama written and directed by Ted Swartz of Ted & Company.
Titled, “These Are My People: Reflections of Salford at 300,” it used humor, music, and poignant stories to capture the history of our church. We were reminded of a strong faith heritage that has been tested by war, social change, technology, and even family dynamics.
As we age, our physical bodies require more regeneration than when we were younger. For example, I retire to bed earlier so I can maintain my 5 AM walking ritual. More frequent breaks are needed during the workday to keep me fresh and alert.
While leaders should pay attention to how well we care for our physical needs, it’s also important for us to renew our hearts and minds. The stresses of work and family commitments can take their toll. It’s easy for life and work to become unbalanced. We can’t serve others well if our emotional tank is empty.
Renewal can take many forms and there isn’t one approach that is best for everyone. Here are some renewal tips for leaders (and others) to consider:
Many of my older friends continue to amaze me with their resiliency and gracious approach to aging. Even as their bodies and minds decline they are frequently able to adapt and thrive.
If your leadership has been tested and you’re feeling weary or stuck, don’t despair. Renewal can happen whether you are a 300-years old faith community or a successful business leader or entrepreneur. It turns out that history and hope make a powerful pair.