In this new year, I step back to consider again what I really want for my life.
There is a commercial on tv, a montage of people glued to their phones – texting, emailing, surfing the Internet – oblivious to what’s going on around them. The kicker is their spouses, children, friends, co-workers, customers or just passers-by, saying “Really?!” As in, “Really, this is what you are choosing?”
The phrase “wisdom of uncertainty” comes from a quote by Deepak Chopra and set me to thinking. I’m not usually a fan of uncertainty, I love being in control. I believe there is an enormous benefit and comfort in certainty. However, today I ask you to consider the wisdom of uncertainty.
I was talking to my 13 year old nephew who just graduated from junior high and asked him what he wanted from his summer. His reply, “To be ready for high school.” Being a coach, I then asked, “What will give you that?” And he had answers! He talked about a summer drama school he would be attending and how it would help him get used to meeting and making friends, as well as a stint as a camp counselor that would help him “be responsible for something.”
“Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey.” Barbara Hoffman
What obstacles or bumps in your life are really just potholes?
When working with clients and in my own life, I’m struck by how often we take ourselves for granted. We rush right by. We don’t listen. We don’t say thank you.
Coaches are all about perspective shift. A handy tool for a quick shift is the “Wonder, Not Worry” rule. When you are turning circles in your head, worrying over a problem, situation or a person, try switching to wonder instead.
“Everything is created from moment to moment, always new. Like fireworks, this universe is a celebration and you are the spectator contemplating the eternal Fourth of July of your absolute splendor.” Francis Lucille
Now, THAT thought enthralls me! How often do you step back and see your splendor?
“It’s not enough to be busy. The question is what are we busy about?” Henry David Thoreau
I spend an inordinate amount of time being busy. I’m the queen of tasks – look how much I get done! But, the question indeed is, what am I so busy about?
“The real trick isn’t to figure out how to become a master juggler, but to realize that you can only gracefully manage so much before your life starts to feel like a circus.” Joelle Jay, The Inner Edge How much can YOU juggle gracefully? When do the balls start dropping around your feet? Which do […]