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Three Reminders for Changing Times

Jennifer Mulholland & Jeff Shuck
March 18, 2020

Change is the only thing that is constant and right now it feels like the rate of change is increasing exponentially. Apparently the Universe felt we really needed to be reminded of that today as we saw the spread of COVID-19 double, the financial markets rise and fall, the Big Three automakers suspend production for several weeks, and literally the earth shaking as we experienced a magnitude 5.7 earthquake in Salt Lake City today. 

What. The. Heck.

Things that we're repeating to ourselves and our community today:

1. We can only see what is right in front of us. If you are walking in the dark and you hold a lantern directly over your head, the lantern only illuminates the area right around you. Beyond that circumference, things are less clear. It's a great metaphor to being present to what can we see, and not get distracted by imaginings of what may be lurking out there in the dark.

When we are present to our senses – what we can see, feel, hear, and know to be true – we can lead and choose from a place of centeredness. We can respond intentionally rather than reactively. Trusting our wisdom and noticing what's right in front of us helps us take the very next step. And as we walk, step by step, the light comes with us and illuminates our path wherever we go.  

Ask yourself:
  • What is showing up?
  • What cues and clues am I being given to take the next step?
  • What do I know to be true given the information that I have in the moment? 
  • Do I have to act now? Or, can I let it be and allow my sleep or time to give me space to get clearer?

Staying right here, right now is so important because the world is changing moment by moment.

2. Loosen your grip. It takes courage to surrender your plans. It takes courage to release your control and need for predictability. But when you try to hold on too tightly, you actually create more pain and stress and anxiety for yourself than if you loosen your grip and let go.

We've had meetings with clients these past few days where literally every detail, plan, and project that people were spending hours and days and weeks managing are getting ripped apart and vaporized. The only response is flexibility. Holding on creates tightness and tension. Opening our hands and our hearts creates openness for fresh perspective, insight, and opportunity to usher in.  


3. Rely on your resiliency. During these changing times, we are all being called to evolve. Lucky for us, humanity is resilient. You are resilient. You can absolutely trust and rely on your innate ability to adjust, adapt, and be agile — this is your true nature. You were born with it. 

It's hard to find the way out right now. But we don't have to. We just need to take the next step, right here, right now.

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