Traveling through New Mexico, we stopped at a rest stop, and we were immediately on our guard, thanks to the “Beware of Rattlesnakes!” warning sign posted nearby.
At my new job here in Orlando, each day I pass by this “Caution Gators!” warning sign, and I walk by with a much more alert peripheral vision.
There are many different dangers present depending on the place… depending on the circumstances… depending on the person.
A warning sign increases my awareness of a potential threat, and it often causes me to change my behavior in order to avoid injury or damage.
Most often when I think about warnings, I am concerned about external threats to my safety, but when I thought about those signs this week, I realized that there are plenty of dangers that threaten my internal well-being also… threats against inner peace, productivity, and healthy relationships… and I can learn to read the warning signs for those dangers too.
One of the strongest warning signs I have learned to read in my life is resentment. I am usually high energy and highly extroverted. If I begin to resent requests for help, interruptions in my day, or changes to my schedule, I recognize that I am in “danger” due to physical tiredness, over booking my agenda, or lack of boundaries in my relationships.
Another warning sign for me is impatience. I enjoy coaching and mentoring, so when I would rather do it myself than allow someone else to learn, or when I can’t give grace to someone who doesn’t have my same experience or skill level, my impatience is a warning sign of “danger” in my heart attitudes. I am pride-filled and too focused on myself rather than on the long-term benefits of developing others.
A critical spirit is another warning sign for me. When I am aware that I am only complaining about the negative in situations or the weaknesses in other people, that is a clear warning to me that stress or fear is threatening my usual optimism and my relationships.
These are just a few of the warning signs that indicate threats to my personal peace and healthy relationships. When these warning signs appear in my life, I am learning to evaluate which threats are present and then change my behavior so that I don’t cause injury or damage somewhere!
I’m sure you can think of many others! What are some of the warning signs in your life?
Impatience and a critical spirit? Guilty as charged!
I love it when I’m in good company! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by to visit! Praying for you, sister! How’s the book coming?
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Thanks so much for the link, Andrea! Great word picture with the power cord also…
Reblogged this on Leader Impact and commented:
As leaders we need to be aware of our hearts. Our emotional state will often reveal where our heart is at. If we pay attention to warning signs, we can make self adjustments. When we disregard the warning signs, we do damage to ourselves and those around us. Terry Morgan has identified three warning signs in the life of anyone who has led people. You may have other ones to add to the list…Read on…
Thanks so much for the re-blog, Steve! You are a great encouragement!
Frustración es una señal de que tenía espectativas que no pude cumplir casi siempre porque como mamá, esposa, o “buena persona” he tenido que posponer o sacrificar el logro de tales espectativas. Como familia estamos tratando de que todos podamos cumplir con lo que esperamos sobre cosas específicas como lo que cada quien quiere hacer el fin de semana, o algo que nos gustaría adquirir o realizar. La Neurosis es causada por demasiada frustración acumulada, así que para mi es muy importante poner atención a ésta señal. Gracias por ayudarme a incorporar esto de las señales como una herramienta para mejorar mi vida. Muy bien pensado Terry!
Frustración… otra muy fuerte señal! 🙂 Qué buena idea de trabajar en “equipo” como familia para ayudar a cada uno a cumplir sueños!