#71Sep 11, 2022
Welcome to Weekly Whisper #71.
When it's dark, be still
As humans, we are full of paradox – an example. When things aren’t going so well for you and the world feels like it’s closing in on you – be still.
When projects or tasks don’t work out the way you’d hoped – be still. When relationships hit little or big bumps and you don’t feel seen or heard – be still.
When you walk into a darkened room and you wait a while our eyes and brain seem to adjust. After some time it’s like the lights have gone on and we can see a little.
Same with our thoughts. Being still puts a pause on our conditioned tendency to avoid, bury, ignore or resist the discomfort that accompanies moments of darkness.
Being still for a moment, then another moment, then another can dilute the intensity of the darkness. If we can dilute the intensity it becomes less scary. If we can make it less scary then we might be able to be more accepting and thereby change our relationship with the darkness.
What could you do – physically, emotionally, mentally – to be still when it’s dark?
When it's dark, move
As I said, we humans are full of paradox – the counter-example. When things aren’t going so well for you and the world feels like it’s closing in on you – move.
When projects or tasks don’t work out the way you’d hoped – move. When relationships hit little or big bumps and you don’t feel seen or heard – move.
A bit like a motion sensor light - when we move it can light the path and when we stop it goes dark.
When we move – physically, emotionally, mentally – we can change the relationship we have with the dark thought. It’s amazing what physical activity can do for our mood. It’s amazing what happens when we do something that changes our mood – we often see things differently.
When it’s dark do something for others. When we move it can give us another perspective.
What’s your favourite ‘move’ when it’s dark?
Question of the week:
What would come to life for you if you knew you didn’t ‘need’ anything?
Whilst pondering this question it got me thinking about how often I kid myself into thinking I need something – I need to make ‘this’ work; I need more time; I need more money; I need more…(fill in your own blank).
If we could take away the need for something I wonder what else might show up?
Quote of the week:
Only in the darkness can you see the stars – Martin Luther King
But remember to look up!
Did you miss last week's Freedom Fridays episode with Steph Clarke?
Catch up now before next week's release.
In Episode #58 Pete chats with Steph Clarke. Steph is a facilitator and modern-day L&D program and curriculum designer, a visual and graphic designer, and an auditor in a past life. Steph reimagines organisational learning. Her combination of skills and experiences allow her to channel her energy into what she enjoys and is excited by the organisations that are rethinking and challenging how people work and learn at work. Steph is an advocate of ongoing learning and enjoys breaking it down into bite-sized shareable chunks through her podcast Steph’s Business Bookshelf Podcast.
Steph and Pete chat about their shared love of books and the prerequired reading for leaders who want to get things done and lead people well. Steph gives her definition of trust which is an amalgamation of definitions expertly put together by the best. And they discuss learning goals, recognition of learning, and what aspiring companies can achieve in this area.
That's all for this week. I hope you enjoyed Weekly Whisper #70.
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