Slow and steady…huh?
June 29, 2017
“The resistance to the unpleasant situation is the root of suffering.” –Ram Dass
What does calm feel like? Like true calm, in the midst of so much change, shifting, not knowing what’s next…the restlessness of ants in your pants to know the answer…right now? One can try to force the door down to see the magic on the other side…but what if the magic isn’t ready? It’s like a delicious stew in a crockpot that still needs time. You wouldn’t nearly enjoy it or even know the amazingness of the stew if you just waited a little longer.
I’ve been the one to force the door down when I want something. I’ve believed that charging forward is the only way to achieve goals. But not so much anymore. That way worked a good amount of the time…and others, I crashed and burned, hard. It didn’t last…(because it wasn’t meant to happen in the first place.) Doors are starting to close. Opportunities are falling through. And not because I failed, but because the next step is slowly burning to a boil. It’s just not time yet.
As my art is shifting, my business expanding…I’m asked to be still, be patient, and trust. I’m not so good at that. I’m learning what slow and steady means. I’m learning that this is a marathon, not a sprint to success…which how do we measure success anyway? Meryl Streep says, “the formula of happiness and success is just, being actually yourself, in the most vivid possible way you can.” What does that look like? That’s the trust part.
Feel like you too? Last night at Art Alchemy, students shared stories of their vision for the next six months. With deep rooted change happening, it’s like we need more courage than ever to trust the unknown. And to show up for that part of ourselves that is reawaking, or awaking for the first time. Change can be scary or intimidating. It can also be illuminating and empowering. I can choose to be impatient, lose the lesson and miss the opportunity that is slowing emerging. Or I can be calm. I can drink a cup of tea…maybe like a lot of cups. I can take this time to slow down and embrace the walk across the bridge…instead of sprinting desperately. Which person would you rather be?
So maybe you could use a cup of tea too. Cheers my friend to slow and steady. Because I know when the crockpot is at the perfect boil and it’s good and ready…divine magic.