Today is extraordinary. Not because we have snow here in Seattle, the first of the season, and not because we are coming into the Holidays, with all of its festivities.
Today is extraordinary, because I sit here typing on my computer looking out my Southward-facing windows onto my little porch with my plants all sprinkled with snow and I received a visitor. The most beautiful hummingbird, green and red, came right to my door, pecked his beak on my window as if looking to get inside, and stayed there flicking his wings, looking right at me, for what seemd like minutes, probably seconds, but I stopped breathing, in those seconds. I'd never been that close, though separated by a pane of glass, so close.
When I started breathing again, a big smile spread across my face. I felt like that little kid I once was, and then more grown up and not so little as time flew by, waiting impatiently on Christmas Eve, in and amongst all the bright tiny lights and the happy colored wrapping paper, that air of expectation, and awe, and wonder.
I have the lightest of hearts right now. And it made me think what is means to be humble, to have sincere humility. The tiniest little creature, with what I understand, has the most valient of hearts. And its own super powers - the ability to fly backwards!
I know that Level 5 Leadership comprises humility and will. I am pleased to have had this reminder from the hummingbird today, a true symbol of what leadership - and joy! - can look like this, in these times.