Happy Easter Monday!
This used to be a day when all the schoolchildren got the day off school. It was a holiday. In Orthodox faiths, people still greet each other with "He is risen" and the response: "He is risen indeed," for forty days after Easter.
Yesterday I heard a Bible reading from Corinthians 1. I'll paraphrase: "A little yeast leavens all the dough… You can become a fresh batch of dough… Start over. With God this is possible. In fact, ONLY with God is this possible."
Now a little background…I've been blessed recently to have as a mentor Sandi Krakowski from A Real Change International. She is a self proclaimed "Radical Christian" who believes that God can transform your business. I started to really connect with her when I perceived she had a Godly spirit for business. I wanted to access that spirit and learn from her, so I started paying closer attention.
I wasn't disappointed. Sandi recently partnered with Rabbi Lapin (Thou Shall Prosper) for a conference on this very subject. I have been watching this event with interest because I believe that this transformational potential exists within every business person. In fact, some days, looking around at God's blessings in such infinitesimal (yet life altering) details, I can't believe more people are not talking about this!
I believe, in fact, that this is why we are called into this business. It's why I put on a clown suit and performed at parties when I was 12 years old and made hair bows for a local consignment shop when I was in high school. I feel this calling to business in my heart, my mind and my bones. I don't always know what the outcome will be; only that I must show up.
Regardless of what you believe, your small business is a powerful vehicle for change. When your customer enters into your store, your restaurant, or your blog; your moment is at hand. You are immediately thrust into a relationship that you have called upon yourself and invited your customer to enter into. You have a profound responsibility to make the best of it.
Even your employees are called to serve in the manner you have chosen to exemplify. And believe me, it rubs off — what you put out there in your company culture! They look to you and how you treat your clients. What you created, your customer takes out into the world. (Kind of like Karma.)
Do you ever pause for a second to assess each new contact or customer as a new opportunity to learn and grow and serve? As a business person, you may not have a more important function on this planet. Your chance to connect is today; with each new contact.
So what if you've made mistakes? Today, Easter Monday (or any other day of the year) you have the chance to start fresh. To connect in a way that matters.
When I heard the Bible passage yesterday morning, I am so silly, I thought the yeast was a good thing — like you want fresh yeast in your dough. I.e. "You can rise even higher with each new day;" that sort of thing. But when I studied the passage further I discovered that the yeast is what can ruin the bread. The point is to start anew as "unleavened bread" Doh! (Scuze the pun!) Humbling, of course. So the leavening can be thrown out.
It's as simple as that. We can shed our crap and do better.
I hope every day you are in business you see how you get a sparkling new chance to humbly serve your customers. Now I'm not talking about giving everything away for free. That's not service. That degrades the creative value of money. Business exists to produce great results. Great results are always commensurate with a fair price.
But it's your state of mind that you can change with each new day. Your relationships can grow stronger, you can become more understanding of your clients' needs, you can channel good works through your business.
As a Christian I believe that all that pain and suffering has already been done for us. God put us into the role of business people to shine light and life on those we serve.
Easter Monday is a good day for business.
Your thoughts on this today? I'd love to hear them below…