Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in. – Isaac Asimov
I love sunrise. I love the reflection of the light and the opportunities and the promise that a new day brings. My wife Lyn, whose only flaw may well be that she LOVES sunsets. She becomes exuberant at the pinks and oranges of sunset and is truly grateful for the joy that the day brought with it.
This used to really bug me, the fact that she did not fully embrace my getting up early just so we could look into the face of the creation together. That is until one day she reminded me that sunrise and sunset are two sides of the same coin. Indeed, my sunrise experience is someone else’s sunset.
As I watch the news these days, I hear a whole lot of people screaming about sunrise and sunset. I see a lot of people frustrated about R’s and D’s, about pros and cons, which translates into a future with no room for experiencing others’ joy.
As leaders, it is our responsibility to own our passions (sunrise) but embrace others views (sunset) as relevant, exciting and well-meaning. I have to admit, I do kind of like sunsets as well, maybe Lyn does not have any flaws after all.
Though today’s blog is short, I am trusting you will find great insight that will help you navigate your days with a greater appreciation of both sunrise and sunset as we embrace joy and lift up others.
Question: What can you do better in the face of opposing views?