It was a circumstance you’ve probably been in. Walking into Wal Mart I picked a cart and continued on my way. After a short distance I discovered one of the front wheels had a mind of its own. I’d be traveling along in one direction and the cart would suddenly veer in another. The wheel seemed to work fine most of the time, but it was those sudden surprise moves that were annoying.
I had already gone a distance when I came across an empty cart. I looked around to see if anyone was claiming it. All I saw was an employee, who then recognized my search and told me they had just emptied the cart and I could use it if need be. I abandoned my cart for the one that had so generously been provided.
Again, I had traveled only a short distance when this cart began to squeak loudly. It steered fine, but the noise was more than just noticeable, it was gaining attention of other shoppers. I can’t say that things had gone from bad to worse, but they certainly weren’t any better.
I only had a couple items to pick up so I continued with the sound announcing to my approach to everyone. I could have gone for another cart, or traded this one back for the previous annoyance; but the words of an old prayer came to me, “God grant me the serenity to change the things I can, to accept the things I can’t…”
Great leaders adjust to situations. They make changes when they need to but also accept that not every change is expedient. Great leaders develop the skill of knowing what and when to change, and what and when to endure.
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