The Human Spirit!

I never cease to be amazed at the strength and potential of the human spirit!

I was invited to give a presentation today to a group that comes together for the purpose of providing support, encouragement and resources to marketplace professionals, who have been displaced in the recent wave of restructuring.

I don’t use the term “professionals” in an exclusive sense. Any of us that have had a position of responsibility in an organization for an extended period of years is, in my opinion, a professional. In fact, I wish more of us would embrace that mindset rather than thinking that a professional is just someone with specialized training that can only be attributed to a very few. This group of people were definitely professionals in every sense of the word and they came from all walks of life.

What overwhelmed me today was a conviction I felt in the room that derived from a group of people making a conscious choice to do everything they can to move forward as proactively as possible. Even more amazing was the fact that this group was doing so based upon a shared faith that their mutual experiences were purposed and part of a plan that held more promise than disappointment. As a believer, this resonated with me in a very unique yet familiar way.

Truth Be Told, the emotion of that conviction really overwhelmed me this morning to the degree that I had to compose myself before speaking. I was humbled and honored that I would be asked to share my perspectives with a group of people who have no idea how much they blessed my day and reinforced my own conviction to keep moving forward in faith regardless of the circumstances.

Published by The Leadership Consortium

Maxie Carpenter was formerly Vice President of HR & Talent Development for Wal-Mart Stores. After a 27-year career, he began to pursue a number of other interests, which included alternative education, nonprofits, consulting, writing and public speaking.

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