I wonder, how thin is the line between being committed and simply being stubborn? Even as I vocalized the question in my mind, I realized the question was as rhetorical as it was practical.
In this case, the observation was being made in the context of business choices. Which alternative was the best choice given resources, support, and when the results would make a difference? When I weighed the three variables, candidly I was not, still not, sure what constitutes the “best” answer. Candidly, I do not think I could accurately describe a good answer! There are too many variables, points of risks, and constraining factors to have a clear view on the future.
The one take away from the situation was an admiration for those that hold true to their convictions. Standing in defiance of the naysayers and doubters, the strength and consistency of the position was clear and steady. It was as if the leader was firm even as the battle grew. Saying as it were, “Still, I walk through a rain of derision because I live by your Word and counsel.” (Psalm 119.56)
Two observations linger with me.
Having a humble spirit that there may be more to consider is helpful. In this case, it seemed to be missing. When it is present, I find that when the knight standing guard has a humble spirit, the will of those in opposition softens, if only a little. While a better solution is often illusive, a humble spirit opens a door to its possibility.
Embracing the good in the viewpoint of others can strengthen one’s position. There is a natural bias in the male ego that says all or nothing, fight or flight is the answer. The idea that there can be more to one’s view is viewed as a step towards weakness. Having an attitude of openness and dialogue is a tool that invites others to do the same. Even if they do not change, story is enriched by the act of goodwill.
Hopefully yesterday’s position does not become today’s barrier to something better.