I admit it – I’m struggling to find my new ‘normal’… you see, I’ve never really understood or embraced the concept of 'the norm', so now that no one else is feeling like their old self, I guess I’m in good company.
And the new 'normal'…seriously, how short-sighted is that, to expect that we will be anything like we once were.
There have been so many changes, shifts, reinventions and pirouettes.
Deep dives, leaps of faith and oh! so much pivoting!
We’ve been dancing on quicksand. Trying to find our footing – or at least something - anything - stable. To what end?
So that we can do more of the same that we’ve done for millennia? Busy work for the sake of being busy? The stuff of mindless occupation.
Today a colleague spoke of a deep dissatisfaction with the way things were. Of having little motivation, in spite of creative projects, possibilities and easing of restrictions. An almost overwhelming sense of ‘what’s the point’.
The point is that we are being invited to be the change. Humanity is changing, at a deep heart and soul level. Our world-view, our priorities, our inter-connectedness with all living things, our deeper connection with mother earth and our sense of belonging is changing. WE are changing. And that is uncomfortable. And unfamiliar. And laced with fear.
So I shared with my colleague some words that came to me in that moment, words that spoke to a deeper truth, a more profound wisdom for these times. And the words that came said:
“Hold space for yourself – first and foremost – to rediscover all the pieces of yourself that are coming to light. That are lining up to unfold their brilliance and their wisdom. Allow them the air and the nourishment that they desire. Recognise that more is coming into play for you, not just in this moment, but in all future moments. You are unfurling your joy, your capacity for love and your innate and most profound potential. You are changing. Hold space for who you are now, and for who you are becoming.”
And I thought to myself - That’s great advice. I’m going to do that.
What about you?
This blog post is inspired by the fabulous poem of Mark Nepo titled "Breaking Surface". I believe it is such a strong call to action for all of us to stop playing small. To be brave and bold and to take those courageous steps into the unknown, where the magic lies.
Breaking Surface by Mark Nepo
Let no one keep you from your journey,
no rabbi or priest, no mother
who wants you to dig for treasures
she misplaced, no father
who won't let one life be enough,
no lover who measures their worth
by what you might give up,
no voice that tells you in the night
it can't be done.
Let nothing dissuade you
from seeing what you see
or feeling the winds that make you
want to dance alone
or go where no one
has yet to go.
You are the only explorer.
Your heart, the unreadable compass.
Your soul, the shore of a promise
too great to be ignored.
— Mark Nepo