DO52: Slip and Attend

Things fall through the cracks because well intended people get busy and commit to more than is possible.

That was the nugget I learned two weeks ago when I pulled the verb, Slip, as my DO52 verb for the week. I didn’t quite know how I was going to use the word until, on that Friday, I met with a passionate young man who needed my help.

George is committed to opening a school in Kenya and, with three degrees behind him, he has more than enough education. What he lacks is experience, yet, despite his many efforts to volunteer, George has been unable to find an agency willing to give him depth of experience. In other words, if he is going to open a school, he needs to learn more from his volunteer experience than just how to stuff envelopes.

I could help and I knew it. I have a few contacts who, if I were to just send some emails, could craft experiences that would be mutually beneficial. I was committed not to let this passionate and committed young man slip through the cracks. I would go back to my desk that afternoon and send emails on George’s behalf.

But the afternoon was filled with meetings that ran long so, by the time I got home at 5:30, my husband who had been in India for two weeks, was waiting to enjoy dinner with me and the boys. And off we were to an action-packed weekend.

I still hadn’t made time to send the emails by Monday morning, so not only did  George slip through the cracks of my schedule, so did my commitment to documenting my weekly DO52 experience. It was a double-bust and a sobering reminder of how easy it is to make empty promises.

Thankfully, the universe is forgiving and filled with grace, so this week when I pulled the verb attend, I knew I was being given a second chance to attend to unfinished business from last week.

We know.

Each of us already knows what we need to shine. I feel like I am shining brightest when I am living in alignment; when what I’m doing is a reflection of who I say I want to be.

I want to be a person whose promises mean something. When I make a commitment, I want people around me to believe it’s going to happen and not worry that they are going to slip through the cracks. And, honestly, DO52 helps hold me accountable.

That weekly wake-up call between my head and my heart was just the nudge I need to make time to keep my promise to George and attend to writing this blog post.

Claudia Beeny

Founder and Executive Director of House of Shine

Posted on 2/4/17 7:45 am by Claudia Beeny in: DO52
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