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Growth in the Midst of a Storm

For weeks, even before the start of hurricane season, storms roared across the country. Severe weather notices became frequent visitors on our computer and television screens.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service predicted above-normal hurricane activity this season, which spans from June 1 to November 30.

During one of the storms in East Texas, I and hundreds of others lost power for several days. When you lose power, you quickly realize how dependant you are on electricity. Left without the internet, air conditioning and electronics, I found myself twiddling my thumbs at night. So, I took the opportunity to write and create by candlelight.

In the absence of the hum of electronics and air conditioning, I basked in the quietness of a candlelit room and allowed my mind to drift into the realm of deep imagination.

I imagined ways that my organization could be even more impactful in the lives of the people we serve. How could we provide more growth opportunities to our GoodTech Academy IT students or the entrepreneurs in our GoodBiz program?

I thought about how we could grow revenue in our Goodwill retail stores and our light manufacturing facility, The revenue helps to support our employment training programs for individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment.

I pondered on what I could do personally to provide training and encouragement to my staff so that their careers could be even more fulfilling.

I also thought about how I could use my personal and professional success to help others find and act on their passions.

The evenings of quiet contemplation was a reminder that even when power is restored, that it's important for me to turn off the noise from time to time to refocus on the things that may have been on auto-drive for a while.

I came up with a few ideas and I will work with my team through the rest of this year to see what brings forth growth. Despite the inconvenience of the power outages brought on by the storms, I am grateful for the opportunity to stimulate my growth through the use my imagination.

What will you allow your imagination to show you today?

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