Sometimes the shortest conversations yield the most abundant harvests. I had two such conversations yesterday and it is my pleasure to give a snippet of each, along with my resultant realizations, in hopes that your lives are enriched in the sharing.
The first conversation was with a woman who was filled with an infectious spirit of appreciation for her present opportunities. She felt blessed to be where she is, with the people she has the good fortune to work with and she longs for an expanded capacity to be a blessing. This delightful woman doesn’t yet realize how gifted she is in her work, but she is starting to see ways that she can overcome the tendency to stand in her own way. We discussed the fact that this phase of her development would come most quickly by letting, rather than by trying.
Realization #1: Some circumstances provide more space than others for the expression of such a spirit, but truly great people find the apertures no matter how constrictive the situations they face might be. Excellence grows best in the soil of appreciation.
Realization #2: Trying is rarely preferable to letting. There is a wellspring of genius inherent in each and every person on earth. Most people mistakenly focus their energies on trying to make their individuality and subsequent value appear, rather than relaxing in ways that lets it emerge naturally and in season.
The second was with a friend who longs to provide leadership not just in most, but in every phase of his living. We discussed ways he could expand his service in those areas in which he felt limited, with the shared observation that he dare not put off until tomorrow the responsibility that he himself recognized needed to be assumed today.
Realization #3: Delay petrifies the fluidity of the present moment and putrifies the fruit that is ripe for the picking in your present circumstances. Do the right thing at the right time because it is the right thing to do.
Realization #: The “perfect” moment is more often constructed than discovered. The construction occurs as the little, seemingly insignificant, easy-to-put-off opportunities to trim the sail are handled in a timely and thorough manner.