From one year to the next, spring in Prince George always amazes me with the swiftness of its onset. We wait for weeks for spring to happen. Then, within the space of three to four days we go from the brown remnants of winter, to the green vitality of spring. I am reminded of a song we used to sing when I was a youth growing up in Trinidad; a good song, that only made sense to me after my first spring in Canada. The words of the second verse of the song are as follows:
What a wondrous time is spring, when all the trees are budding. The birds begin to sing, the flowers start their blooming. That’s how it is with God’s love, once you experience it. You want to sing, it’s fresh like spring…
I am part way through reading “True North” by Bill George and Peter Sims. They describe the path to authentic leadership – an authentic leader being one who seeks to empower others to become all that they can be, to become leaders themselves. According to George and Sims, at the heart of authentic leadership is self-awareness – understanding who you are, your deepest passion, your deepest fear – what makes you tick. They point out that self-awareness is not enough; you have to love yourself unconditionally – warts and all.
I agree and I have come to believe that unconditional self-love and self-acceptance is only truly possible because we have been, and are loved unconditionally by God. We can accept ourselves for who we were created to be. We can love because he first love us. Love – unconditional, unchanging, new every morning. Fresh like spring.
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