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Who You are Meant to Be....
I have found myself over the years when in a place of high stress, dreaming of greener fields. I start to create a love story with some unknown place, this newly imagined bright green field begins to dance in rhythm with my breath. The opening line of my story generally starts with— this is not it, look at all the trouble here— Tracy you might be better off looking for something new…..
I usually start this storytelling session while sitting in a dull or friction filled meeting or in times where extreme fear is present around the pressure to perform. I tend to be certain that this current workplace is missing some key components, and by my bad luck I stumbled into it once again. Perhaps this happens because I have an executive team that is disengaged, or employees that care more about their workload and time off than about their work. When this story starts to play, I add more stanzas to my pages and this begets more of the same. I notice all the events, people and projects that are not working. From here I start adding floor boards and ceiling tiles to this greener pasture.
When I repeatedly get to this place of looking outside myself it usually means that at some point I will go searching for that place in the sun. It may take years to make good on this dreaming, but I have never found a work situation that this has not happened. My resume certainly represents this habit.
Last week I was at a conference with my team. Four days on a mountain top, enjoying people and topics that related directly to my daily work. Driving toward the airport descending through snow flakes that faded to rain— rather than hammering away building a new dream workplace, I felt gratitude for the floor boards I already laid. These thoughts were in sharp contrast to my usual habit of looking outside myself for something better. What was even more striking is that I came to this new conclusion, while my underperforming team sat behind me in the car. I was surprised to find myself truly grateful for my current place of employment.
Upon reflection, I believe because I was in a space where I listened to the subtle messages these managers shared when engaged in professional conversation, my soul was open to hearing a new truth. Although they may work at bigger institutions, live in bigger town with more access to the elements I recently left behind, they were not any happier. In fact, in most cases their situations were worse and not likely to change anytime soon.
As I flew home, I looked at my team buckled into the seats next to me, and instead of seeing them through the eyes of a resentful manager, I could see them as a person first. I could see them in all their glorious imperfections and heartwarming talents. I turned to look at the clouds pondering the relevance of these changing weather patterns to my work life. Could it be that rather than believing that the grass will be greener on the other side, might I be willing to weather the place I currently reside? Am I willing to see that storms come and go, clouds cluster and dissolve all while the atmosphere remains constant?
This is not to say that I believe that all is well and that I don’t have tons of work to do. Yet, if I have come to realize that we are all people living our unique soul filled lives- might it be possible that no matter how green a place might appear from afar, I will find it inhabited with more soul filled lives? Could I find peace looking instead at these people as the fertilizer I need to create my best and brightest green field from the place I stand?
It was a gift listening to the horror stories of other managers, along side watching their employees disappoint them too. It was very evident that if I looked to these greener pastures I would walk into disappointment, frustration and various surprises not expected.
I for now will welcome the fertilizer and the storms from this place I stand. That is until the call-if it comes- loudly cracks through the heavy air warning that it is time to move. I have seen clearly that the grass is not always greener, and if I give up too soon, I just might miss what I am about to bloom.
No matter where I am I will find souls striving for acceptance, reaching to be heard and to heal their deep life pain regardless. If I keep this in perspective, might I find more ease and peace? Once again, time will tell, but if I remember to practice being in the moment, not in some unknown dreamed future, I just might find what I have always been looking for.
Today’s Divine Plan:
I have a choice to look through the binoculars of my life and believe that I see a much greener field at a distance, or I can stay present in the now and notice the rich soil and green beauty I can feel under my feet.
Ritual of You:
I will stay present in the moments of the workday. There are always gifts I can experience now. I will remember that people are people no matter where I find myself. When fear or criticism creeps in and start to shout, I will thank them for their message and turn instead with ease to the gifts I cultivate in my very green field.
Are you someone that stays planted or do you look for greener pastures? I welcome your thoughts.
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