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It’s amazing what one can learn when things are quiet and still. Every year my wife and I get together with a group of our friends for a couples trip. This is an experience that we spend the whole year waiting for and talking about. On this trip get a chance to be away from our kids, and be adults who act like kids for the weekend. To clarify, we don’t get extra wild and try to party like we did in high school and/or college. We are adults who act like adults, while experiencing carefree living .
This year, we to part in an adventure that many of you have before called, The Breakout Room. For those that are unique familiar, The Breakout Room is a problem solving adventure. You’re locked in a room for an hour and have to use clues to escape the room. I would love to tell you that we made it out, and did so in record time, but I can’t lie to you. We failed. In this scenario, the bomb blew up and destroyed an entire city. That got me thinking.
Everyone in our group has an extremely strong personality. All of our strengths are displayed in various ways, but still equally strong. Within our group, we have everything that is needed to change our city, city, state, country, and world. But at this point, we have yet to do that. (Side note, you and your crew have the same ability.) And this weekend, this adventure showed me why we have not yet accomplished what our hearts’ desire to do.
One cannot operate effectively in chaos.
In the room it was said, “You can tell we have a lot of chiefs !” Referring to the old American saying, “There are too many chiefs and not enough indians. Meaning, everyone wants to take the lead, and no one wants to follow. And we all know nothing will ever get accomplished that way. There is nothing wrong with having multiple leaders, but wisdom has to be applied. And the wisdom is knowing when it’s your time to lead and when it’s your time to follow.
Again we, (meaning my crew and yours as well) have everything we need to succeed in anything that we put our mind and muscles into. But because everyone wants to lead at the same time, chaos forms. Because chaos forms, the group as a whole fails. Because the group as a whole fails, those that are counting on us suffers.
Before God spoke life into order, it is said to be complete choas. When He spoke, “Let there be…” in Genesis, He gave form, He gave order, he gave systems. My definition of system or systems is, “A group of success patterns that repeat themselves over and over again.” Once that occurs life is formed.
If we truly worked together, we could have easily escaped the room. But because we allowed individual personalities to shine verses the personality of the group, we created our own choas. We sealed our own fate, and the fate of those that were counting on us.
Whatever your circle, be it business, friendship, marriage, family unit, or any other label you ascribe to it. You have to remove choas to create life. And remember, so many others are depending on you to get it right. Don’t be like us in this adventure the let them down.
“All great changes are preceded by choas.”
I look forward to seeing your changes.
Love you, be blessed! – AWS 02.19.17