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Contributions: From Waiting to Working
My husband and I were walking out of a local restaurant last Saturday night, somewhere around 7:30. Out of the corner of my eye I saw a man, sitting at a table by himself, surrounded by books and working on his computer.
I didn’t think anything of it at the time, but for some reason his image stuck with me.
It was early enough that there was still plenty of night to go, but late enough that most people were already involved in their plans for the evening.
Then half way home, it hit me.
That is what it looks like when someone is in the process of making their contribution.
So often, at the House of Shine, we start a workshop or training session by telling people the reason we do our work is because we believe, “Inside every person is a contribution waiting to be made.”
Sometimes, though, the contribution isn’t waiting to be made. Sometimes, as was the case last Saturday night, you catch people in the act of actually making their contribution. And when you do, it is a sight to behold.
To him it didn’t matter that it was Saturday night and other people were socializing.
Or that there was noise all around him.
You could see in his face, he was in the zone.
That zone – or state of flow, as some people like to call it – is what it looks like when someone’s work is an expression of their talents and gifts.
Somewhere out there either a new idea is being hatched, article written, song composed, or a business started. I might never know which of these contributions was his, but rest assured a piece of it was born last Saturday night.