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Jun 28, 2014

I is for Initiative

Initiative is an eagerness and ability to take action when seeing something that needs to be done and doing it first.  According to Merriam-Webster it is to have the energy and desire that is needed to do something.

*SPUNK*    *Gumption*     *Get Up and Go*

Initiative is not apathy, lethargy, and idleness.  Not lazy, I'd say.

It's funny that I scheduled initiative for this week.  It's the one thing I have *zero* of right now.  I rarely have a full helping of it anyway, but after a week full of two VBSes and school most days, my eyes can barely stay open!

Initiative is being proactive, rather than reactive.  It is about recognizing a need and moving to fill it without being asked.  It doesn't have to be big.  You can start with your own family or neighborhood.  No one expects you to change the world tomorrow.  Look around.  Do you see someone with a need that you can fill?  Are you in a position to fill the need?  Love your neighbor like yourself.  Can you feed the neighbor family with the sick child?  Can you offer to sit for the frazzled mom?  Can you visit someone who is lonely?  Are you willing to show hospitality?  How about writing a real note to brighten someone's day?  Don't wait until everything is going just right because just right isn't happening any time soon.  Do it now.  Do it when you see a need.

Ben and Me

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