I was sitting on my couch, having a cup of coffee, and reading when a loud thump made me jump. I looked over and realized a bird had collided with my window. While reading “When birds hit windows,” this sentence stood out for me, “Most often, window collisions happen because birds see various reflections in the glass and mistake those reflections for something real.” My immediate thought when reading this was, “Yeah. I get it. Me too.”
Have you ever needed to have an important conversation and found yourself thinking it over and over in your mind – a lot? Me too. It seems like the smart thing, or a necessary thing, to do if we want that conversation to go as well as possible. What if this is a misunderstanding and influence doesn’t come from what we say but from our presence?
With all the attention on the New Year, I vacillate between enthusiasm and indifference. I can relate to the hopefulness of possibility as well as the cynicism of short-lived commitments, and it has me reflecting on my relationship with self-help and self-improvement.
What would it look like and feel like if, instead of pushing for success or trying to make it happen, we focused on cultivating our ability to listen to ourselves and the natural intelligence within? What if the path to joy, fulfillment, and impact in our work and life starts first by nourishing and amplifying the connection to our deeper nature?
I’m writing this email from the plane as I make my annual trip home for the holidays. I wish I could say I’m filled with anticipation and excitement that I get to be with family, but here’s the truth, I’m feeling stressed, overwhelmed, and anxious. Do you ever feel like you’re carrying the weight of all your undone tasks? Do you hold your to-do list and unfinished projects in your mind, feeling pressured, behind, or stressed and think, “If I only had more time.”