Timing Is Everything
Last week in the Fearless, Feisty and Free to Succeed workshop, our topic was centered on being in the present moment at all times, and being of the mindset that the present is perfect even when it isn’t preferable. This is a life-long lesson for most of us within our culture because we are frequently heavily invested in our past, and habitually live in fear of the future.
In these economic times, with 9.5%+ unemployment in general, and 13.4% of that total being over 55, as reported in the LATimes, the fear has been compounded .
Individuals tagged as Generation X and Y are facing mounting debt due to school loans, and the inability to get a job. Or, if they do get a job, the pay is not nearly enough to pay for living expenses, let alone their debt. Many, in the process of building their lives, and having children, got caught in the housing spiral along with the loss of jobs due to the recession.
The biggest issue for baby boomers is that the length of unemployment has more than doubled since the start of the recession. Nearly 51% have been jobless for more than 27 weeks as of January. In addition, the political climate in the United States is uncertain, at best. As well as being unemployed, many boomers are faced with being without health insurance or in a position where they cannot afford to pay the premiums.
All of this can create uncertainty and worry, making this particular lesson timely for the workshop participants and for you.
Picture in your mind a babbling brook, a river, waterfall or the ocean. All of these visualizations have different aspects to them which demonstrate the power inherent in the flow of water. Sometimes life flows easily and gently, and there is little to occupy our minds outside our daily pursuits; stress is non-existent. A river has underlying currents, and can move lazily through the countryside, or incredibly fast across the rapids. Waterfalls plunge suddenly through the air, as the rock underneath the water drops away. The fall can be for short distances, or hundreds of feet. The ocean is powerful, moving with the pull of the moon, and reacting to weather patterns that can be devastating, or gentle.
Regardless of the situation, the water remains flexible and fluid. It sustains us in life – providing critical nourishment to our bodies and our food sources. It cleanses itself as it flows; cleaning up as best it can the devastation wrought by mankind. Key to these observations is that water does not intend or plan to do what it does. In the excerpt from the movie, What The Bleep Do We Know, the concept that we are water and our thoughts can literally change how we react is implied by the experiments of Masaru Emoto. Dr. Wayne Dyer points out in his book, “Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life” that it may be within the “realm of possibility that our intentions can impact the entire planet ” positively or negatively.
The Tao tells us to live in accordance with the nature of things, similar to the nature of water. When you let go of the past, and disengage from the future, you are more able to observe the perfection of today. Keep your mind still, and free of worry. Give in kindness. Speak the truth. Be just, looking at all aspects of the situation rather than jumping to conclusions. Be focused when working, giving your best attention to the task at hand. And remember, you cannot force something to come in to being. Timing is everything.
You cannot make a job appear, stipulate a salary that can’t be supported by the company, or create a demand for services or goods that is not there. What you can do is live life fully, as it happens. Take the time to step back and observe every situation for what you can learn from it. Build the relationships necessary to create the web of connection intrinsic to your world. The opportunities will appear for you, when the time is right. And, by choosing to live in the present moment, with a still and open mind, you will be ready to take that next sweet step.
What can you do today to live more fully in the moment?
I choose to experience the beauty and harmony of the moment, always knowing the truth of what to do.
Georgia Feiste, owner of Collaborative Transitions, located in Lincoln, NE, is a life transitions coach, writer, and workshop facilitator. She specializes in business, career and personal life transitions. Coming from a 30 year background in a C-level corporate position, she is uniquely skilled in providing support and encouragement as her clients set intentional goals to attain their desires, holding open the space they need to stretch and grow. Her passion is success grounded in purpose and passion, standards of integrity and priorities in life. Her website is http://www.collaborativetransitions.com, where she blogs about business and career, and http://www.rainbowbridgecoach , where she and many other coaches blog about mind, body, spirit and emotion. Georgia can be reached at (402) 484-8098..com