I love being inspired by Israel. Even if it is something as simple as the motivation to get out and walk. Maybe it’s the crazy driving, but only in Israel do I feel more compelled to walk than to drive.
Today I went out walking the dog and walked past an abandoned mansion that an English immigrant built for his wife. So much in this country is rich in stories. And this house was no different. After pouring his heart and soul into the home, the Englishman’s wife past away shortly after moving in. He left the country and moved back to England. The house had sat abandoned for close to 100 years. Today they began restoring the home. I have no idea what its use will be, but new shudders were put on the stable windows, new doors affixed to the back of the home, and the gas lines seem to be going in.
Israel is known for innovation. And many people claim it is the newness of the country that allows it to be so avant guard. I disagree. I believe it is the incredibly rich and ancient history that taught this modern country to innovate. Innovation is the ability to take something from one discipline and apply it to a new discipline. It’s the ability to look at the old and see something new. Jews have been doing that in Israel since Abraham’s time. We started with spiritual innovation. Last Shabbat we read the Ten Commandments. These were probably laws exercised by many more civilized communities, but the Bible now put these civil laws into a religious context. So many times the Jews returned to Israel and started anew – taking old structures and turning them into modern living conditions. We were nomads, tradesmen, merchants, farmers and now businessmen. The start-up nation gets most of its ideas applying military technology to business concepts.
The abandoned mansion could be an historical site or it could be a new factory. It will only depend on the restorer’s innovative vision.
Leadership Lesson: If you need to innovate and you want inspiration, try looking to the ancient rather than the modern. Who knows maybe one day someone will think of a modern ,use for ancient pottery pieces.