Intending to be Human
Nature as a Research Participant
The flip side is I did have a number of people I have kept up with. When pre-selling a book, it's about who will support me and may be interested in the book. I am able to now have tangible proof that I am supported and for that I will celebrate!
Just when I "know" it all...
When I feel like I have mastered something, I get concerned I am getting set in my ways. I have shifted my thinking that there is no mastering truly. I still believe there is a collection of knowledge and converting that to skills that allows me to participate in many aspects of life, but I am starting to believe that I also have the choice to take it further.
Say I take a look at 21 month old black Labrador, Lucy. We are in the honeymoon phase of her training. She understands how to coexist with humans, to ask to for her needs to go outside and eat, and to be respectful of furniture. I can honestly relax around her and simply enjoy her for as long as I get to.
Or I could choose to go deeper. There is a dog Stella who has a human (www.hungerforwords.com) who taught Stella to "talk" by pushing a series of game buttons. It has inspired me to understand more of what goes on in Lucy's mind and see where that can take us.
Letting it Be
Long Game Consistency
What is the value of things?
Celebrate Along the Way
Life is more than Either / Or
Is this what I want?
I am a human being
Intention is a choice
Creating Our New Normal
How phrases change
How We Define Time
Stress of No Control
How to Combine 2 Worlds?
Make It Amazing
Let Myself Be Human
The Quality of Our Choices
Working With Nature
I have often taken nature for granted. Believe me when there is a storm, I take notice. To look to nature for guidance is a new concept to me. Each time I listen, I am always rewarded greatly.
It is one thing to look to nature for inspiration. It is another to work with nature to get unstuck.
What would it be like to work with nature to get unstuck?
There has to be a better way, a more effective way.
Listening and Accepting
During quarantine, I have looked for laughter. One source has been the Australian version of "Last One Laughing" where 10 comedians are locked in a room for 6 hours all attempting to make each other laugh, but if one does, they are booted out of the room. Many said it was horrible since they LOVE to laugh.
I also researched on improv and went to "Whose Line Is it Anyway?" In an interview, Colin Mochrie said. “The thing about improv is you have to do everything that you're not used to doing in real life. The two basic rules are listening and accepting people's offers. .... [We are] relaxed enough with each other, to actually go out with absolutely nothing. And trust that it's somehow going to work out, and it's basically just us riffing with each other, listening, accepting and then building and taking it into whatever direction we decided to go.”
I've learned I need to trust things will work out more and know when I combine opposites - laughter and work, listening and speaking, receiving and building - the results will take me where I want to go.
Creating A Hairball
When opening my eyes to the meaning of the process, I found myself once again orbiting and feeling free to be creative.
Inspired by Nature
I've done my own reflecting on what all went on in 2020 and came across this video of my puppy, Lucy, on her first trip to the beach. We went as part of her training to be comfortable with water.
She explored all the scents and invited the surf to play with her. Each discovery propelled her to the next one. Then there was a moment where the surf reaches back to her and she was NOT sure what she has gotten herself into. I, of course, laughed out loud at her surprise and admired her for deciding to stop and sit to better understand what was going on.
This memory has resonated with me beautifully as I've been working on a chapter for my book this week. I am writing on looking to nature for inspiration - not only to help us take an energizing moment for ourselves, but on good advice on how to solve problems and how to develop processes. I think there is lot to learn from Lucy on how we can interact with nature to learn how we fit in this world. It's an adventure to be explored, not just for vacations, but to actually help us develop into better people.
How has nature inspired you?