Sometimes I have deep thoughts while sitting out on my deck. There’s something about stepping away from my office and being in the fresh air and “among the trees” (to quote a favorite poet, Mary Oliver). It helps me let go of mental clutter and think more clearly and deeply.
One thought that came to me recently was a bit of quandary: Is it better to be committed to something – say, your job or a project, a relationship, a goal, your networking plan? Or is it better to be deliberately and deliciously open to possibilities?
I completely get, trust, and teach the art and science of having vision, setting intentions, and having goals. Both my research and experiences have proven to me over and over again and in a variety of circumstances that these practices and habits actually work.
But I have also seen that there is something amazing, wonderful, and incredibly freeing about letting go – even for just awhile. It’s about releasing all expectations; simply choosing to be open to what is and what could potentially be. Ahhhhh, it can feel so very good!
Or…is it possible that these practices could be blended together strategically? Setting up your vision of how you want to be and what you want to create and accomplish. Listing your intentions of what you want to see, experience, feel, and so on. Stating some specific, measurable goals. And then blissfully letting go and being open to what happens.
Can we trust ourselves and the world around us that much and be that free and flexible? I’m thinking it’s worth a try.
What are you thoughts around this? I invite you to pour yourself a cup of tea or coffee – or a frosty libation – kick back on a nearby porch or under a welcoming shade tree, let got of your mental clutter, ponder the contrasts here, and let me know what you think.
Some wonderful things are afoot in my world! I’m working on not one, but TWO awesome new books – one should be available in the next 60 days (you will be among the first to hear about it and have the opportunity to get a free copy!). The other should be complete in late 2015 or early 2016 – I’m deliberately staying open to possibilities here!
I’m also setting up my fall coaching, speaking, conversation salon, and workshop schedule. If you want in on that, please contact me at patti[at]intentionalnetworker[dot]com. We can schedule a call to discuss even more possibilities!