Thursday, August 13, 2009

"Tear Down This Wall!" President Ronald Reagan

Today is the anniversary of the creation of The Berlin Wall. On August 13, 1961, the East German government closed the border between the east and west sectors of Berlin with barbed wire to discourage citizens from moving to the west. Later that week they began building a concrete wall that would last until November 9, 1989.

All too often we build walls in our lives with assumptions, ignorance, neglect, and fear. The walls can last for hours, days…years…a lifetime.

Once we become comfortable with the wall it’s difficult to tear it down even if we know that tearing down the wall would create a better life. For decades the East Germans and Russians knew life would be better for all if there was no Berlin Wall, but they were too heavily invested in appearances, politics, and ego to destroy it. Finally, President Ronald Reagan and General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev made it happen.

Questions for today: What walls keep you from having a more Perfect Workday? What walls have you built in your life? Are you afraid of destroying the wall? Have you become too comfortable behind it?

What might your world look like if the wall came down?

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