With the semester drawing to a close it can be easy to feel overwhelmed by the endless projects, nearing deadlines and unforgiving due dates. So I thought I would take a moment to share some of the slideshows that the photography team has put together.
Farm Days: http://animoto.com/play/s8D4cFiUN9JUpUGkLOemmg
Orange Harvest: http://animoto.com/play/0Ulv8zjHKqp16KRZ0pTptQ
St. Mary’s Food Bank: http://animoto.com/play/0pw3IqnhYsvrZ5tWPLcCOQ
While these slideshows can be a nice break from reality , I think there is a valuable leadership lesson here. All leaders must take time for themselves – sometimes that “time” is in the form of yoga or reading, and sometimes it is in the form of personal reflection. Looking at pictures from the past reminds us of the good times and bad. It recalls moments we wish to return to and those we want to escape from. Pictures can even evoke a sense of deep emotion that is often absent from leadership.
By studying our past we can look toward our future. We can evaluate distant decisions and feelings, and examine our choices with a critical eye. This type of reflection can ultimately help shape our personal leadership style. And even if you don’t want to “dwell” on the past or ponder about the future, looking at pictures can certainly provide a temporary respite from the present!