Obstacles cause us to fall into two groups. Those who will from those who wish. Those of us that only wish will abort our pursuit at the first obstacle. Those of us that will know before the first step that we will come across many hurdles on the way. We expect them so when they appear it is not a surprise. Some of these obstacles require us to climb over them. Others require us to find a way around them. Then occasionally, some challenges command us to stop right where we are and force us to wait. These calls for inaction are the hardest to overcome. All we can do is wait, rest, take stock, applause the terrain we have covered so far and remind ourselves of why we are doing this. With reflection and the strength of patience, these obstacles end up removing themselves, clearing the path before us and ensuring we are ready to go again.
It is disheartening to bear witness to the current destruction that is happening across our beautiful country. Yet the power of humanity we are seeing provides that glimmer of hope. While it is difficult to watch we can help and there are many initiatives we can get involved in. There is also gratitude. We can give thanks, to those on the front line who are battling for us day in and day out. To those who are assisting in the affected communities. To those who are reaching out to our wildlife. We see you and we acknowledge everything you have done and are continuing to do. Thank you for being the heros in this tragedy. Thank you for your unending efforts and your ability to keep going. And thank you for reminding us all how fortunate we are to live in the best place in the world.
Flexible. All we can control in this life is ourselves and how we respond to what life delivers to us. The randomness, the ups and downs and those events that come at us from the side, shaking the ground we stand on. Being flexible allows us to continue on towards our dreams while adjusting to these events in our life and not allowing them to take us so far off course we become lost. This means being aware that goals will change, timeframes will shift and falling down requires us to reexamine and make changes as we pull ourselves up again. With our goals in view we recenter ourselves and continue on in stability, with a lightness that allows us to mould again when our world once more shifts its angle.
Intuition. Developing our intuition comes from knowing ourselves at a deeper level, who we are and what matters to us. When we fail to ignore ourselves we will seek our answers externally, often relying on other people to guide and direct us. Yet no one can know us better than ourselves, for even our closest companions barely scratch our surface. To hand control externally will ensure our lives continue to be tossed and turned like a boat in rough seas with no one taking the wheel. When we have developed our intuition we are able to proceed with an inner confidence and faith in our decisions, even if those around us disagree. We know what is right for us and what will serve us to accomplishing our goals. When we honour this inner wisdom our lives become steadier and more consistent and we are no longer surprised when opportunities arise, because we took the steps to lead ourselves to them.
Passion. Those things that immediately spark within our core and summon us to action, that propel us, are our passions. They significantly contribute to our meaning, our mission within ourselves, our families, our communities and our work. They enable us to continue on when change becomes uncomfortable and allows us break through our comfort zones. When we labour on our passions, it is not work, it is pleasure and it drives us towards the visions we have. Life is dull without passion and often when we feel lost and dissatisfied it is because we have drifted away from what makes our heart sing. We know what our passions are, we simply need to cut the noise in the background and focus within and listen. Getting back on track is simple, by taking the smallest action towards our passions we will be reignited and renewed again and ensuring we are living our lives to the fullest.
Hope. When we reflect on what we haven’t accomplished, on the mistakes made and the things we wished we could change in the past, our focus faces downwards and ensures our journey continues to be painful. Yet with hope, we can look upwards, at the promise of things to come, of our circumstances improving, of passing through our struggles and grasping the dreams we are working towards. Hope enables us to spot the opportunities that linger on our peripheral, and when we reach out for them they pull us up and forward with a force we would not have had otherwise. Hope propels us forward and enables us to tread lighter in the present. Regardless of what has taken place, or where we are in this moment, instilling hope ensures the future will be better, and that future will become our present.
Let go. Our lives are congested, when we feel stale and frustrated is when we need to take stock and remove the old. Relationships that being us no joy have already come to an end, thank them for their purpose and let go. Commitments we have made that are now a burden may be stopped. Instead we invest our time and energy into something more deserving. To bring in the new we need space and space can only be carved when we clear out what no longer aligns with who we are and where we are going. This process may be challenging, yet the release that accompanies it reassures us that we have done what is best for ourselves. When we let go, nothing holds us back and we are free to grow and the opportunities we have been searching for present themselves and now is the time to seize them.
Stop. Time to lift our heads up, catch our breath and take a look around. Without stopping we will push ourselves into the ground and getting up from there will require a lot more energy. It’s even harder when we have been fortunate to stumble onto our passion, losing ourselves in that is pleasurable. But without a break our creativity dulls and our resources stretch thin. Have faith that pulling away is the best thing in this moment. We have many different aspects of our lives and this is a reminder to check our priorities and pour ourselves into those spaces that are asking for us. What we have toiled for will still be there when we return, and the work forward will be stronger because we stopped.
Hibernate. Take a moment to pause, to consciously step away from the world and retreat. Make this an active decision, our bodies know when it is time for us to reflect inwards. Ignoring this advice will lead us to exhaustion. It is ok to stay home, to say no, to be alone and to rest. When we take time away we are able to process what has been going on and use that to strengthen ourselves, our passions, our purpose. The world continues to spin, life keeps going even when we take these moments, a day, a week, an hour, to hibernate. Often we are not aware of how hectic life becomes until we take the opportunity to withdraw from it. When we rest we renew and our mind and body settles, releasing tension and centring itself. Then we may proceed forward, reinvigorated and wiser.
Change. A constant of life. Sometimes we seek it out, other times we fight it, clinging to a situation, someone, something. But change always wins. Whether we go with it or it pushes us with force, it happens. Change is neither good or bad, yet it does move us forward. If it takes us somewhere we don’t want, it will crystallise what it is we do want and we can use this as motivation to actively make a change towards what we desire. If it brings us closer to our goals then we hold on through those moments of pain and ride through. Occasionally it turns up unexpected and spins our life around, more often for the better, leaving us wondering why we didn’t take that direction sooner. There is no point using resources to stop it, it is inevitable. Embrace it.