I have limited time to write, but I do want to share with you my favorite character I've learned about through preparation of this week: Col. Joshua Chamberlain.
The day before the biggest battle of the Civil War, Col. Chamberlain inherited 120 men who had no where else to go. The soldiers, who felt such a strong sense of alienation, were tired, disrespected, nearly starved and terribly worn. Chamberlain desperately needed these men to join his team. But they absolutely no desire to continue to fight when treated poorly by leadership who did not understand them.
Off the cuff, Chamberlain gave the following speech, which I believe changed the entire direction of the Civil War. His words, built on unity, shared values and belonging, inspired a group who seemed to be too far gone.
They went on to prove their worth on Little Round Top.
The Union went on to win the Civil War.
They can break or build.
And at then end of the day, everyone just needs to know that they have value.
The guy at the gas station.
The gal at the counter.
The teacher who needs to hear it.
The one who cleans up the table after your crew.
The annoying friend.
The supportive neighbor.
Your hired help.
Each have value.
What are you doing today to ensure they know it?