What side of a problem do you usually take? The problem side or the solution side?
If you take the problem side, chances are you are a Master of the Obvious. You point out what everyone else knows, there is a problem.
If you take the problem side, chances are your personality is more negative than positive. Some folks are born that way, I suppose, but if you’re going to be a difference maker you’re going to have to work on that.
If you take the solution side, chances are your focus is on what can be done to change the situation.
If you take the solution side, chances are your personality is positive which influences people and circumstances and makes a difference.
What does this have to do with chaplaincy? A lot. If you want to have an influence on your IDT, be on the solution side of a problem. Problems arise from time to time. It is easy to join the Fraternity or Sorority of the Negative. Is that really what the IDT needs? When changes are made is being negative what the IDT needs? The fact is your IDT looks to you for leadership. While they may feel and express negativity your lead will help put oil on the troubled waters.
Besides the above, isn’t your personal happiness and well-being fostered by a more positive outlook than negative? Our persona and reputation go before us.
Bless you, Chaplain Colleagues, yours is a key position that has many facets. May your personality’s facet shine and glimmer like a Tiffany diamond. Maybe the Knot Prayer is for you. It is for me.