Often we live life in a fog don’t we?  Not quite sure the path we are on, but so busy we don’t have time to see it all clearly.

“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”

― C.S. LewisThe Weight of Glory, and Other Addresses


We’ve heard often:  Join the movement.   Attach yourself to this cause or that belief.

We wait for someone to step up.  And jump on that wagon.  We like it on facebook.  Or we say I’ll pray for you.  Or yeah, I will follow up on that service request.  Or drop $20 on the online charity ad campaign.   I did  part… did I?  At work we say, yeah I love core values, and wear blue every day.  BUT ARE WE THE MOVEMENT!?


This week we will be challenging the Culture Club on Friday.   To BE THE MOVEMENT.    Be the change they want to see.

We don’t want you to simply be part of Drexel’s mission, we want you to BE THE MISSION.   See the difference? You aren’t part of something bigger… you ARE the something bigger.

Don’t have a connection strong enough with your store leader?  Let them know that.  Talk to them, say Hey, you intimidate the crap out of me.   Talk to me like a human dude.

So busy you don’t know where to turn?  Hey, stand up and say, hey someone help me get organized.   A little humility, stand up and say “I don’t know how to get unbusy, but I’m ready to start!”

Maybe you need more training.  Are you waiting for it?  Or are you the mission and grabbing someone and saying IS THERE A BETTER WAY, SHOW ME!?

Are you an enabler?  Always fixing the same mistakes?  Feels good right!  Good to complain but really you enjoy the problems, that way you feel important?  Or are YOU THE MOVEMENT of hey, never again… let’s fix this now with this person so we can finally move on.

I can’t tell you what MOVEMENT to lead.  Each person on our team is different.

Emily Bestul on Friday was super jacked to stay late to finish up sales tax.  I’m dead serious.  Thank GOD for the Emily’s of the world.  Sales tax?  No thanks!  I also know Emily well enough that I’m pretty sure she wouldn’t want my job either… See that IS BEING THE MOVEMENT!



— Joel

Bonus info I read on a blog from…

“Like most people, I used to associate busy with important, successful, or influential. It’s politicians, CEOs, or Entrepreneurs that are busy, but that’s really not the case. 

My fresh perspective on busy came when I heard this mysterious C.S. Lewis quote:

“Only lazy people are busy.”

What in the world does that mean? That’s what I was thinking the first time I heard it too. It means, that people who don’t get focused and control of their day will constantly be tossed by the demands of others, moving frantically from task to triviality. They drift like a tired ship at sea, battered by the waves of the urgent.”

One thought on “BE THE MOVEMENT

  1. I have read a fair amount of C.S. Lewis, but don’t recall that quote. I’m appropriating it immediately (sounds classier than “stealing it”)
    Thank you Joel!

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