As it snows outside my window, a snow that is predicted to blanket us with 18-24 inches of snow, I find myself going "in:" quiet, reading, comfort food, family, and reflection seem fond companions. Yesterday we were in Florida, enjoying sunshine, color, and wearing shorts, and today I'm in layers, a hat, (and I'm inside!!).......
I was recently introduced to Mark Nepo and love his prose and poetry. It is perhaps no coincidence that the book and Mark came into my life. At yet another time of transition (career and lifestyle), living authentically and with integrity seems paramount to me. Mark states: "the exquisite risk is a doorway, then, that lets us experience the extraordinary in the ordinary. It is always near." To live authentically, to discover our dreams and passions, and to believe that we have the power to make them come true...... as I leave the security of the corporate world and move into the consulting arena, I find myself excited and scared to death at the same time. I went for a hike a week or two ago, to "clear my head." The first hour was heavenly........ until I got lost, couldn't find the trail, and had no idea which direction to go in....... thanks to my IPhone (thank you Apple), I used the map and compass to find my way back to my car.
After initial self beatings, I was able to reframe my experience to: "Sometimes the path isn't always clear, and there are obstacles (like mud and water) in the way, yet, if your vision is clear, and you use guides along the way, you do reach you goal!" Isn't the power of thought amazing??
So, what does this have to do with integrity? To listen to the wisdom within and to give it voice...... despite the reaction you may receive from others..... to act courageously, to say what may be unpopular..... yet is true to who you are and what you believe..... I am discovering that I like myself when I act accordingly...and have the utmost respect for others who can model the way!
If you're in my neck of the woods, wishing you a warm, safe, peaceful, weekend with friends, family, and animal spirits. If you're not, take a moment and pause...... appreciate the wisdom within........ I am celebrating with you!