The children in our choir are singing, “Do You Want to Build a Snowman” at our concert. So, I have Disney’s Frozen on my mind.
It’s an intriguing starting point to reflect on leadership and Advent.
We have a young girl who has been trained to control her gifts, her feelings, her insights, her way of seeing things and being in the world.
Suddenly she is forced into the public eye as the unexpected queen.
And she reacts by running away and isolating herself from her people, her job, her calling.
In Elsa’s version of letting go, she takes a pretty selfish stance and says basically, “This is the way I am, so deal with it world.” It’s a good thing the movie doesn’t end there.
Most of us have probably traveled in Elsa’s shoes at some point for some period of time. Perhaps it was in a first job when the insights and energy you brought to the table weren’t valued and you walked away frustrated and unappreciated.
Perhaps it was during a transition to a position of more responsibility where you supervised or oversaw more people than you had in the past. It might have been tempting to stay in your office some days when you felt misunderstood or like you didn’t know how to motivate your staff well.