there is beauty in just quietly leading - leading myself, leading others.
i have been told that i am too quiet - too polite - too shy - too non-aggressive. but i am not about to shout to the whole world how great i am or how great my opinions are or how wonderful things are inside my head. quiet strength. quiet leadership. a silent pillar that can be relied on.
i have also been told that i am one who is happily stuck in the middle. that i am happy to be "not in the line of fire" and just be a "support role" in the lives of others - in the careers of others.
the funny thing is, i am comfortable with that. not that i don't want to be "in the line of fire" - when called to be there, i am there.
in fact, i have been there. it's a nice place to be in - the excitement, the exhilaration of every win, and the pain of every defeat and loss.
but what i am saying is this: i am happy wherever i am called to be in.
for now, I am called to be a pillar so another can rise up. I am called to be a wind beneath somebody else's wing. and that is fine.
the glory is never mine - it is God's. and all i do is manifest His Glory through my humble being.
a quiet leadership. a quiet stronghold. a quiet fortress.
perhaps just living up to the Chinese name that I have given myself years ago: Li An. Quiet strength.