I’m a multitasker at heart. I work in information technology and it’s not uncommon for people in my line of work to have fifteen different things going on simultaneously. I’m not talking 15 projects in the queue but rather 15 actual windows open on the computer, switching between them as they work.
It’s a skill most of us are proud to have and I always have people gasp in amazement as I switch between windows, type a few commands and then move on to the next. I have heard the comment, “you type faster than I think.”
There is a drawback, however, and I’m starting to see it. There is a benefit to deep thinking, the kind of thinking that requires some focus and ignoring distractions. So, I am learning to close out several windows and look at one thing at a time. The benefits – I’m finishing certain types of tasks faster and learning more from my experiences on those tasks.
This is particularly true with Bible study. I’ve always heard that it’s important to find a quiet place and that means more to me now than it did a couple of years ago. When I need to focus on that study, I hide in my office or even at a table in the public library from time to time. The solitude and quiet makes all the differences in my own thoughts and my openness to the Holy Spirit.
I recently had a personal business deal go south. I won’t go into specifics because I may end up with lawyers wrangling over it but one thing really sticks out in my mind. The whole thing happened because the other side of the deal quit talking. No answers to phone calls, no return calls, no replies to text messages, and they hung up in the middle of the last call as I was trying to get information so I could proceed with next steps. I was (starting out) ready to be in a really lenient mood and try to help out, but I had to rearrange a ton of scheduled activities due to the delays.
Sometimes, problems in life can be solved by a really simple thing. Talk to each other. That’s it. Just talk.
A character I read about in a novel recently was noted for having the ability to negotiate deals where both sides won. Too many people do not even think that such a thing is possible. It’s too bad, because it usually is possible, if people enter negotiations in an open and honest fashion.
I think that is nowhere more evident than in politics. There is no doubt at all in my mind that one side of the political spectrum in this country is convinced that both sides cannot win and it drives EVERYTHING they do. You figure out which one.
Someone once said the only constant is change.
We show who we are by how we deal with change. Some change is good. Some change is not so good. Some change is absolute evil. But change happens and we must deal with it at some point.
Some people rush into change. They love it. They look for it. They pursue it.
If those people enjoy the wonderful new things the world has to offer and revel in the joys of creation, it is good. If they are not content with what God has provided them or are running away from things uncomfortable or disturbing, then it is likely not good.
Some people avoid change. They consider all change to be bad. They fight it with every fiber of their being.
This can be good if they believe that God has them were they are for a reason. It can be that they are the ones tasked with defending the traditional, moral or ethical standard that is right and true. This is all good. If, however, they fight change because they fear it – because they are content where they are and are afraid that they might not like what else is out there, then they have created two problems. One is that they are avoiding what God would have them do. The second is that they are avoiding what God would have for them.
There is a key similarity between the two. Comfort. People pursue change when uncomfortable. People run from it when they are comfortable.
My challenge to myself (and to others) is to consider a change when you are comfortable. Consider not making one when you are uncomfortable. You can grow in both cases. The key is to look at them in light of God’s direction in your life.