I'm always starting new things. I'm good at that. It feels exciting and energizing. Sometimes it is the short term gain or immediate benefit that I want. Other times I go for the long game and am willing to let the process roll out over time.
I saw a sign that read "A year from now you'll be glad you started today." I thought, "Yes, I sure would." I would be glad I started today with putting more consciousness into telling the truth, making hard phone calls, closing conversations, asking questions, taking that pause, opening possibilities, making commitments, ending relationships, giving my permission, holding space. I'd be glad I started being courageous, vulnerable, empathetic, quiet, kind, sincere, forgiving, surprised, contemplative, and more. I'd be glad I started showing up, standing up, speaking up and sitting out. I'd be glad I started listening and caring and admitting my biases. I'd be glad I started taking responsibility, letting go of control, taking sides and giving in.
It's a good reminder that what we do today has an influence and impact on what our life looks like one year from now. It's not a judgement on what we are doing now, rather an invitation to consider where we could up our game. What will you start today?
It is remarkably easy to declutter when you are ready to let go. When you want space for something that really matters to you, the stuff that is already filling it becomes redundant.
Most of us have too much stuff. Too much physical stuff and too much emotional stuff. Busy lives leave precious little room for spending time unpacking the minutiae that fills the nooks and crannies of our inner and outer spaces. We get used to climbing over, pushing aside, wading through, searching and reorganizing instead of letting go. Then one day, we need the space for a wonderful new opportunity, a piece of art, an intriguing project, someone we love and ‘Surprise’, out goes the stuff.
Make room now for what might be ready to bring more meaning and purpose to your life.
“There comes a point where we need to stop just pulling people out of the river. We need to go upstream and find out why they're falling in.”
Bishop Desmond Tutu
A colleague shared this quote with me and I knew immediately that's what I do. I help people uncover the mystery of why they are falling into the river.