As I was driving home from town today I was watching the snow melt and the water run in the ditches. It was sparkling in the sunshine and flowing along. In some places it was gently flowing, other places, it lay in pools almost resting and yet others it was aggressively rushing by. It seems to find its own path, carving its way. If something or someone blocks its way, it just finds another way. The water follows the natural path, using gravity to help it finds its direction. It doesn't fight the system.
Watching the water made me think about my own life. Some days I flow along smoothly, everything is going well and I am realizing my visions and dreams. Other days I rest; take time to catch my breath, before moving again. And then there are the days when something gets me stuck. The waters back up and I get frustrated. I push forward head down and yet my way seems blocked. Someone, something or maybe it is myself is getting in the way.
What I was reminded of today is that there is always a path. I just can’t always see it. And unlike the water, I get caught up in my thoughts, worries and fears that sometimes prevent me from relaxing and flowing the way I need to. If there was a way for me to rise above and see things from a bigger point of view, I might see possible easier paths in front of me. And yet there is a way. In coaching we call it perspectives. To be able to see things from different views allows us to see ways to get unstuck and begin flowing again.
I have many ways of seeing things from different perspectives. Yes, my coach is wonderful at helping me to see that. I also use my journaling to see things from different angles. I am dabbling in dream interpretation and meditation to open myself to other ideas. And of course, I love the conversations with my family and friends who share their ideas and reflect back what they see in me. And before long, I am finding new directions and my river starts sparkling along again, like a little brook flowing in the sunshine…my Silver River!
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