Following on from my last post on the struggle I’ve decided this week to write about a shift.
The theme for this post came to me when I was experiencing an extended period of reflection recently.
The seed was planted by Kirsty Mac when I heard her speak recently about making a quarter turn.
Back to my reflection, I was neither enjoying or enduring (the process), just sitting with my thoughts and trying to make sense of them.
I’d been trying to make sense of some things including;
- what’s going on in the world
- who am I
- what is it I do
Just the small things hey?!
That’s when it hit me.
I needed a shift.
Like many other people, I was trying to make sense based on the old world.
But that in itself has shifted.
I want to share 2 definitions that have resonated with me;
- to (cause something or someone to) move or change from one position or direction to another
- to get rid of something unwanted
As I reflect on the first definition of shift, I realise that this is what I must do.
Change my own position and some of my thinking.
Work at getting clearer on what I stand for.
I’m realising that what the world needs now is different to yesterday (pre Covid 19).
It will change again tomorrow (post Covid 19).
Although more love and kindness won’t change and will remain a constant.
As I contemplate the second definition, I feel that this has been happening for a while already.
Consciously (and unconsciously) I’ve been going through the process of ‘saying no’ and clearing the path for what may lie ahead.
Clearing the path for others feels natural and me.
In The Ego is the Enemy, Ryan Holiday shares something called the ‘Canvas strategy’.
Part of the canvas strategy is being an anteambulo. Literally meaning;
one who clears the path
An anteambulo would proceed in front of his patron anywhere they travelled.
Making way, communicating messages and generally making the patron’s life easier.
Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Benjamin Franklin and Bill Belichick served others well.
How can we all serve others better at this time?
It’s something I am committing to doing more of.
There’s link at the bottom of this post if you’d like to spend one percent of your day seeing how I might be able to serve you.
One percent of your day
Time is precious and like me, you’ve probably seen a shift in terms of where your time has been going during this period.
Over the last 4 weeks I’ve been talking to others about;
I’m looking forward to being able to share some of those chats via the Perfect Imbalance podcast very soon.
Until then, know that it’s ok to start to shift.
Stay safe, big love x
*Note to self is a collection of thoughts that I’m sharing during this time to help me make sense of now.*
You can find all my Notes to self here.
Commit one percent of your day (14.4 minutes) and see what happens…