Drinking coffee helps one stop for three minutes and look at the world differently. When we are children, we love to look at the world upside down, hanging from a benevolent grown-up in play time. As an adult, sometimes we don’t like it so much. One of my heroes was a very articulate, brilliant man in the nineteenth century. He was offered an excellent position in Boston, but instead chose to go to the country then known as Burma. He found himself imprisoned during the English-Burma war. Each night they would hang him upside down, letting his shoulders rest in the muck of the prison floor.
I began to wonder what the world looked like to him as he was hanging upside down. He had spent years there, with few results to show for it. His wife and family were unprotected and in great danger. He could do nothing about it. I wrote a book about him. It was just published. You can read the one of the chapters if you wish– http://www.newhopedigital.com/index.php/2012/04/free-download-of-upside-down-leadership-chapter-1/
The man’s name was Adoniram Judson. His son is even more interesting to me. His son had a brilliant career in urban ministry in Lower Manhattan. I hope to give you a quote from him next time.
Upside Down Leadership
New Hope Publishers