Note: Community builders are always looking for ways to keep our focus on our purpose – for ourselves and our people. Having a shared focus, even for a brief moment, with zillions of other people is one way to build community. And it’s why I love Every Monday Matters.
As the weather begins to change, we realize that the calendar year is winding down. While we may be tempted to wait until the new year to revisit our goals, the fall is a beautiful time to consider our “harvest.”
How have our intentions aligned with our actions? And what was the yield?
When we are intentional, we get clear on the outcome we would like to make happen. When we are mindful and thoughtful about what we want to create, how we want to contribute, and the impact we want to have, we can choose to focus on what matters most.Read Emerzian’s full post at Every Monday Matters.
Prioritize and Plan.
Priorities and plans allow us to determine benchmarks and milestones. We can evaluate and assess our progress, re-evaluate and adjust. But it’s not always easy – just when we think we have everything under control, a big unknown can throw everything off. However, even in these circumstances, our priorities and plans allow us to take into account what needs to get done and what can wait. Full post here.
Begin With The End.
When we begin with the end, we are also able to better identify the resources and support we need to get there, as well as manage our expectations along the way. So what “ends” do you have for your day, week, year, or life? And, how will you begin your intentional journey towards them? Full post here.
Know Your Purpose.
When you know and follow your purpose, everything seems to connect. You feel confident, trust your choices, and start each day with a sense of direction and intention. Have you ever stopped to reflect on the purpose for your life? We know this is a big question to ask, but we hope you have. You are here for a reason. You have unique gifts the world needs. Full post here.
Community Building Through Shared Focus
I’m a fan of Every Monday Matters because of their weekly inspiration. They provide ideas for simple acts of kindness and general better-world making every Monday. In the church world, clergy and teachers may use a common lectionary , a practice dating to early Christian congregations who took their cues from the worship practices of the synagogue to determine the readings for the service.
EMM came to my attention after one of the mass school shootings a few years ago. The message that “you matter” was a powerful response to the lost souls who got their hands on weapons and destroyed lives.
One of the mass school shootings. It’s horrifying that I can’t even remember which one.
I do know this: on a regular basis, we need to be brought back to why we do this work. I think it can be well summarized by reminding our people that they matter. We all need to KNOW, really KNOW, that we matter. Mondays are a great place to start.
Throughout the week, visit Big Table to post your ideas and get practical suggestions on how to use the theme to engage your community members.