Often people ask me, how do I know what’s right for me? How do I know which messages are mine? I will tell you right now. If you are reading this, know this message was meant for you. You don’t need to guess any more, you don’t need to wonder or hesitate. If you feel so moved, read on.
This blog is a different tone and topic than I normally write to you. I’ve been away, up north on vacation and these images were taken while we travelled. I’m noticing in myself a sharpening of my purpose and increase in the urgency of my mission.
Given the world events of the past few weeks, we have a choice. To either bury our heads and pretend that because it doesn’t directly affect us or our families we don’t need to do anything. We can fall back into old habits and think we should be nice, well-mannered people, not make waves and not say anything controversial to spark debate.
But the time is here, and we must be conscious of our choices. I don’t think we need to rant and rave, my message is that we use this time thoughtfully and wisely. It’s time to get centred and deeply connected with our values, and what we believe in. Despite the apparent darkness in some areas all is not lost, there is hope and much is right with this world. At the same time, we need to acknowledge these are troubling times.
I believe we are all here for a reason, a deeper purpose. And those of us who are mission-driven entrepreneurs and coaches are part of the plan. You wouldn’t be called to this business if it wasn’t on the path of your purpose. Each of us has our own story, our own experiences that make us unique and at the same time, we share our common humanity. Each of us has places tender to touch and others suffused through with bliss and the light of life. Now we get to choose what to do with them.
I highly recommend you take some quiet time to think and decide what is right for you. Maybe it’s an hour one morning, a weekend or a week. You already know what is right for you, so trust yourself here.
Here are some ideas to guide your thoughts:
- Ponder who is the “You”, when we point at someone and say they are different or foreign and who is “Us”. You. Me. Us.
- I’ve spent a lifetime being different and I suspect many of you have had similar experiences. Times where you didn’t fit in, places where you didn’t belong. How do we allow arbitrary categories to define us? Who decides what is the best colour, nationality, race, religion and sex?
- What makes someone different? What happens to our humanity when we classify groups of people and call them “THEM”?
- What do you care deeply about?
- What does humanity need?
- What do you need to be whole?
- How can you best care for yourself?
I read this Hopi Elder message and it speaks volumes. I’ve bolded some of the sentences that resonate most with me.
And there are things to be considered:
Where are you living?
What are you doing?
What are your relationships?
Are you in right relation?
Where is your water?
Know your Garden.
It is time to speak your truth.
Create your community.
Be good to yourself.
And not look outside of yourself for a leader.
This could be a good time!
It is so great and fast that there are those who will be afraid.
They will hold on to the shore.
They will feel that they are being torn apart, and they will suffer greatly.
Know that the river has its destination.
The elders say that we must let go of the shore,
push off into the middle of the river,
keep our eyes open,
and our heads above the water.
See who is in there with you and celebrate.
At this time we are to take nothing personally,
least of all, ourselves.
For the moment that we do,
our spiritual growth comes to a halt.
The time of the lone wolf is over.
Banish the word struggle from your attitude and your vocabulary.
All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.
We are the ones that we have been waiting for.
This message reminds me that it’s time for each of us to be leaders. We are the ones meant to have the impact and make the difference our world needs. The world needs you and your business, everything you do makes a difference.
Let’s shift the tide together.