Don’t lose sight of the big picture

By Mata'afa Keni Lesa 31 March 2017, 12:00AM

Sometimes when we become so hung up with the daily grind and when we are overwhelmed by the multiple challenges of life, we lose sight of the bigger picture. That much is undeniable.

It happens because we are so focused on achieving whatever we want at whatever cost we forget what and who really matters and why we do the things we do. 

Let’s see. Looking at the world today, there is chaos everywhere. 

The economies of the world are struggling. The environment is deteriorating as a result of mankind’s negligence and recklessness. There are pestilences left right and centre with the fear that they are getting worse by the day. 

The political sphere is in turmoil and our spiritual journey has never been challenged like it is being tested today.

What’s scary is that even at a time where we have so many bright people in the world, it’s almost like we are clueless to address the problems of today. At a time when we see so much good being done – with plenty of good intentions – evil is everywhere and flourishing at an unbelievable pace.

So where are we to go from here? What are we to do?

It is in those moments when we need to step back, take a deep breath and take a moment to reassess and refocus. We need to. 

The fact is everyone wants a bright future for our children. 

Whether you are the Head of State, the Prime Minister, a Church Minister or simple farmer from the village, our dreams and aspirations when it comes to our children are very similar.

We all want the best. We want them to do better, achieve higher and be the best they can be at whatever they choose to do. That is why we work hard.

That is why we wake up even when we don’t feel like waking up; it’s why we refuse to throw in the towel when the body and mind is caving in.

It is why most of us put up with the rubbish thrown in our faces everyday – we somehow have this belief that there is a better tomorrow if we continue to persevere and do good.

Now looking at the problems of today, the words to think about from here onwards are legacy and hope. 

What legacy do we want to leave with the young generations of today? And what can do to instill hope in a generation where some people seem to know very little about it?

We’ve always known this much. To determine the kind of future we want, good leadership is critical. Good leaders, we believe, not only leave a lasting legacy, they inspire and instill hope. They ensure that those under their care are nurtured, protected and empowered to be blessings to many others – far more than the people they are actually responsible for.

Most importantly, good leaders strive to ensure the work they do is remembered, not just because of the positive impact it’s making today, but also how it will shape lives tomorrow.

From our standpoint, we believe great leaders embody the words empathy, vision, care, ethics, forgiveness, compassion and love. 

For sure, through the embodiment of these words, this is how we want to be remembered. Who wouldn’t want such a legacy?

Indeed there is also much to be said about the legacy to empower the generations of tomorrow. Yes we need to educate, inform and equip them to face the challenges of tomorrow so that they will not become overwhelmed and succumb to abysmal failure.

The problem is quality leaders are hard to find. We are not just talking about politics. Generally speaking, some leaders’ motives have been found wanting. Their actions are not driven by a desire to leave a long lasting legacy and instill hope. Instead, it is motivated by greed.

The truth is that in most cases when push comes to shove, the leaders of today bury the real issues under the carpet while they come up with excuses to justify their existence and why they are wasting the people’s resources and monies.

This is all so common in countries near and far. 

And the result? Well, we don’t need to tell you. You’ve seen the destruction it has caused. 

What about Samoa? What impact is the leadership of today having on this country? What legacy will they leave with our children?

To be fair, it’s important to give praise where it’s due. In saying that, we must acknowledge the fact that as a country under the current political leadership we have come a long, long way. 

There is no denying the fact the leaders of both the past and today have played a major role in the development of this small country we call home. And for that, we will forever be grateful. 

In most areas for example, Samoa has punched and continues to fight well above its weight. Priceless peace and political stability – at a time when there is much trouble near and far – are achievements to be mighty proud of.

But should be satisfied and settle there? Don’t you think that there is a lot more we could be doing better? 

The problem is we’ve become complacent. 

We’ve settled for mediocrity. It’s nice for sure but it’s not the best. It sure glitters but it’s not gold. It’s an empty feeling.

Which is what we see in Samoa today. There is so much talk, there are so many good intentions but actions are lacking. And it’s the same picture across the board, whether it’s in the church, government and other facets of life.

This is the challenge. This is where we need to focus. This is where we need to redirect our attention.

We must always ask ourselves: Why exactly do we do the things we do? Why does it matter? Where do I stand in the bigger picture? And what do I have to contribute to the development of a better tomorrow?

Which brings us to the point that everyone has a purpose and a calling.

Whether you are an accountant, lawyer, farmer or a housewife, you have an important part to play. It is a God-given calling. Don’t think any less of yourself.

Most importantly, we are all meant to be lights to shine so that the darkness flees. There is so much darkness and evil in the world today but that is only because you and I need to light up and shine.

Have a wonderful Friday Samoa, God bless!

By Mata'afa Keni Lesa 31 March 2017, 12:00AM

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