Servant Leaders

I have been watching Governor Andrew Cuomo, of New York, during his daily press conferences.  But, first of all, have your ever visited New York city?  It is full of people who are so tightly packed together that they seldom make eye contact with you…they do not have either the time or the energy.  Life is so fast paced, at least to this Southern Illinois native, that if you do not have your head in the game…you will be left behind.  We were staying in the Hotel Edison…when we decided to purchase a cup of coffee in the restaurant.  As I sat down at the bar, the person behind the bar came up to me in a hurried manner and asked me, I think, what I wanted.  As I looked up from the menu and paused, momentarily, he went to the person next to me and served them.  He then came back to me and said, ‘this is New York…you have to be quick!’  When we left the hotel and the bell man was assisting us with our luggage, I gave him what I thought was a healthy tip and smiled and thanked him, whereupon he stared at me and did not acknowledge either the tip or the thank you.  I felt somewhat like my buddy, Lee, who told MJ and I the story of visiting Chicago and not understanding a instruction that a traffic cop had uttered to him…and so the Chicago police officer yelled, ‘come on….Country!’ So, I love New York city…and yet I am wary of revealing my genteel up-bringing.  Yet, Governor Cuomo has demonstrated a compelling servant leadership.  His humanity is a constant member of his press briefings.  When he speaks of the city’s desperate need for ventilators and PPE for his health care workers and his pleas for any health care worker who is not engaged in fighting the pandemic to come to New York and help…

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Governor Cuomo is real.  As I listen to him I not only feel his pain, but I understand his fear that with his best efforts…he is not enough to battle the unseen and devastating enemy of our generation.

Dr. Anthony Fauci has been the the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984.  He is considered a national treasure and has been the recognized authority regarding infectious diseases for decades.  Threats have risen against this good man, who is 79 years old, and he has had to have his security detail increased.  Dr. Fauci has had to speak truth to power, which takes courage, and he has not been afraid to do so. When asked if he was concerned about the increasing threats to his wellbeing and life…he responded that, ‘I’ve chosen this life.  I mean, I know what it is.  There are things about it that sometimes are disturbing.  But you focus on the job you have to do.  And just put all that other stuff aside and try as best as possible not to pay attention to it.  And just forge ahead.  We have a really, really, very, very, difficult situation ahead of us.  All of that other stuff is secondary,’ he said.’    ABC News

‘We’re being seen as walking Petri dishes.’

‘Anna Jones had just finished her shift at St. Rose Hospital in Las Vegas, where she works as an emergency nurse, when she received an email from her landlord labeled ‘Quick Action Needed.’  Her landlord – a quiet woman who lived downstairs from Ms. Jones and her husband – informed her that she would need to vacate the premises within 24 hours.  The reason, she said, was COVID-19.’    DailyBeast

As Mr Rodgers told us, many years ago, ‘When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers.  You will always find people who are helping.’

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