Sharpen Your Saw: An Observation

On Sunday, I listened to a diverse group of young graduate students, soon to be professionals, share goals and objectives relative to the student organizations in which they hold leadership positions. As I observed, the principle that resonated with me was Sharpen Your Saw. I’ve long admired Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw, is one that often hangs in my memory. Admittedly, I usually only think in terms of attempts to stay mentally sharp but in reality, and in short, this habit speaks to the need to continually utilize resources and tools that will strengthen your overall ability to be productive and be a part of the change that you desire to see. Sharpening the Saw is about renewal.

During this leadership retreat, which was set in a peaceful camp and retreat center area, these student leaders were able to address the four areas wherein sharpening is necessary for renewal: physical, social/emotional, spiritual, and mental. To participate in the retreat, they had to be willing to step away from the rigors of law school studies and refocus their energies towards planning, brainstorming, strategizing, networking, and synergizing. As a bonus, they also had a chance to enjoy nature and engage in physical activities. I do believe that both the individual and student organizations represented will be the better for it.

In closing, I have to give props where they are due, for I was truly an observer only in these efforts; I did absolutely nothing to make it happen. With that said, kudos to the dean of Campbell Law School, J. Rich Leonard, for making the retreat possible and his staff who took part to ensure its success. One more example of successful collaboration!  Until next time, take a moment to sharpen your saw.

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A Time of Renewal

On Sun, 4/17/16, we will begin a new series at my church on “Living the Resurrected Life.”  Not sure what perspective the series will take but when I heard the title late last week, I realized that such is the phrasing I’d use for my current life.  After relocating back to my home state and facing a series of emotions as a result of the move, I’m beginning to feel like I’m living a resurrected life in my forties, a time of renewal, reinstatement, rebuilding. Trying to forget about disappointments of the past and focus on goals and great moments for the future.  It’s an interesting time of life, to say the least.  I’m grateful to God for rekindling friendships that have stood the test of time and distance and empowering me to accept new friendships.  Yep, it is an interesting time.  Let’s enjoy the moments we have and the people that share them with us.  Tootles!