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What gives me joy? Make sure I talk about this tomorrow.

But for now enjoy an editorial I’ll be putting in the paper:

I am sure that each of us has, at one time or another, been part of both effective as well as incredibly unpleasant groups. Sometimes you are stuck with ‘The Complainer’ who seems to think that they can do everything better but when it comes time for them to step up to the plate they fail miserably. There is also ‘The Clown’ who makes the group a lot of fun but at a cost to productivity. Naturally all groups need a ‘We’ll-Just-Figure-It-Out-Later-er’ who procrastinates until later becomes now becomes 30 seconds ago. You also have ‘The Boisterous Monopolizer’ who takes it quite personally when anybody else gets a word in. He makes quite a contrast to ‘The Mime’ who looks like a deer in the headlights without ever offering a word of input.

There are many other categories but this sampling is just a pie slice of those that are very evident. The dorm halls, job setting and classroom each provide a venue for somebody to display their particular expertise in dealing with others. We like watching The Office because we all know somebody that is as egotistical as Michael Scott. As a child I definitely identified with Gus in Recess but you may have been a Mikey or part of the exclusive Ashley Club.  Despite our tendencies to act a certain way, life does seem to go on, be it dysfunctionally.

Concordia takes work, not the institution but they point at which harmony, oneness is present within a body of people. Any sports team will have its rollercoaster moments as will you and your roommate. Going into a group setting expecting everything to fit our dreams is unrealistically stupid. Going into a group expecting nothing to go our way is equally stupid. When you arrive at the Wall of Frustration please remember: it’s not about you so don’t take everything personally.

As a student teacher I can assure you that when I pose a question to students and they give me a completely blank look (which coincidentally reminds me of grazing cows) I suddenly lose a chunk of motivation and yet when they get into the material and pose a great question or synthesize their own idea I feel like I get a 500XP boost. Let me go out on a limb and suggest that professors share these sentiments. Pulling out ‘The Mime’ in class is not helpful to anybody. Your prof loses motivation, other students miss out on what could be valuable input, and you miss an opportunity to share your God-given talents.

If you’ve got it, flaunt it.

Appropriately.

This is applicable on the field or court, in the cubicle or anywhere you encounter another human. So please work to bring out the best in each other.

Flexibility is an important attribute but procrastination will only drive your Type A partner crazy. Compromise isn’t a dirty word. Instead of being inwardly curved, let me encourage us to look to each other for help, inspiration, warning or prayer. Philippians 2:4 is powerful but it takes work to look towards the interests of others so let’s get digging folks. Concordia is tough but that’s where we are.

 

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