At the heart of who we are, the message is the same no matter where we live, the color of our skin, our backgrounds, our social standing, or our financial standing. We as humans really want to know from the rest of the world and from those around us:
Do we matter?
Does someone care about us?
This simple yet profound point was driven home to me not to long ago when I recently helped one of our clients. This gentleman comes to seek our assistance at least once a week. While it’s a struggle for him to get out of the car, he still comes. He comes not necessarily for what we have to offer in material things, but he comes seeking the companionship, to be acknowledged, and to know that someone cares about him. I have seen the loneliness in his eyes; I know he has no family and no real friends. I have heard him wonder out loud if God has abandoned him. He is no different from many others I have known over the years. Does my life count? Does anyone care? Where is God anyway?
If as business owners, nonprofit directors, and leaders what if we intentionally made an effort to do everything with this message that people do matter? If we truly lived and lead like this, would our lives and those around us look differently? Would our businesses or organizations look differently?
People matter more than:
The high stresses of the job
As leaders we don’t have the choice to say that I will put people first WHEN the business is successful or the organization has reached its goals. We have to decide in the beginning that people matter, that they matter more than anything we will do in this life. When we choose to put that kind of emphasis on people and relationships we will soon see that it is in those moments that our own lives begin to take on a whole new meaning.
The little things we do today can and will leave a lasting impact…
May we NEVER forget that EVERY MOMENT matters!