There are some things that are insatiable vacuums. They are the things that will never be full or will never have enough.
….they are Black Holes.
There are three black holes that are temptations in all of us, and they are subsequently exponentiated when we get in groups. We can be tempted more by them in an organization because of their compounding “nature”.
But alas…. as we pursue these 3 things, we will never ….
…..or be able to focus on the important.
These black holes are simple, universal, and pervasive.
1. Approval (celebrity) – the idea that my (or our) identity comes from others
2. Ambition (competition) - the idea that I (or we) have to be better than them….or a previous version of our self
3. Appetite (consumerism) – see HERE… it’s the “I need more” syndrome
Good luck trying to find examples of people/organizations that haven’t bought into these 3. Our governments, celebrities, school boards and churches attempt to fight them at times, but they believe that they are necessary evils.
Whether they are “evils” or not could be argued, but they are “black holes”
Your district’s test scores are never “good enough” (they always need improvement)
Your government never has enough money (and no amount will ever get them there).
Your favorite celebrity never has enough attention (or twitter followers).
Your church is never going to have enough people.
May you resist the temptation to give in to these things. May you look to those who choose to resist, and have found disciplines to resist. They are the ones that are “running down joy” and not pursuing “happyness.”