…is a BTL attitude which leads to ONEness.
It’s a quality every BTL leader would be wise to cultivate. Praus can be built. At the center of every strong CORE you will find it.
If praus sounds like greek to you, you’re right, and it’s quite foreign to our American culture which esteems quite the opposite. Praus is the quality of a war stallion, which has submitted its own will to something/someone bigger than itself. It makes you able to stand — not run — when arrows are flying in the heat of battle. Able to influence, able to make decisions, able to submit its will, able to serve, able to self-regulate not react — able to die to self.
In case you wondered when this was coming — here it is — yes, God is praus. It’s a quality Jesus personally invites us to learn from him, because as we do we become less anxious and more transformational as people, as followers, as leaders, as parents, as friends, as citizens, as neighbors, and as teammates:
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am praus and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls…”
So, what is praus? It translates ‘meek’, or ‘gentle’. Meek is not weak — it’s power under control. The hands of a surgeon can break bones — yet they are used to perform the most delicate procedures. When we read about the four healers, we see praus in each one — it takes praus to be kind; it takes praus to say ‘tell me more’ instead of telling me off; it takes praus to repair, not repay; and it takes an extra dose of praus to accept influence, especially from your spouse or your rival or your team.
You’ll find praus in the culture of the greatest teams. It takes praus to talk about the right things, at the right time, with the right people and in the right way.
When it comes to praus, who in your life models the way? What about them do you want to imitate? Why?
God help me be a life-long learner of this one. Remind me praus is core to love, and to becoming deeply connected with others who have distinct, sharp edges like me.
Embrace it. Live it. Love it (Thanks, Toto)…