Being still and moving on


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It has been quite a while since my last newsletter and I had been worrying about not doing it, what to put in, and generally anxious. Am I doing enough with my coaching? How can I reach more people about the schools we support in Zambia? How am I with people I have to live with, irritated, fussy, laid back?

Looking back over the past couple of months it strikes me that letting go of the urgency of things and just deciding that I’ll take what comes and enjoy that has actually been very productive. So, how from anxiety to calm?

I remembered an explanation about being a butterfly or a flower type in how one operates. A butterfly flits around and seeks out what it needs whereas a flower stays where it is and what it needs comes to it. I operate in both ways but recently had been doing a lot of seeking out and little being still and letting things come to me.

Also, I’ve recently been on a brilliant day course ‘War to Peace’ which showed that we can be ‘at war’ or ‘at peace’ with ourselves and others and we can choose how we are. I cannot choose what someone else does but I can choose how I react to an action and a person and this, in turn, influences the reaction back to me. (A too brief summary-try the course if you see it).

And finally, the picture above is of my grandson, aged six, who came to stay for two weeks and helped, every morning, on a farm’s visitor centre in our village, feeding and mucking out animals. Here he is sitting with the hens, not worrying how they would react to him, just being quiet and letting them come to him. We can learn such a lot from children if we really stand aside and watch them.

As I’ve been taking on board the learning from the examples above, my coaching has grown a few new shoots, I’ve had really good opportunities to speak about the schools in Zambia and I’ve found that I get on better with people who irritated me.

So, as holidays are coming to an end, work pressures building up and people making demands, let us try to ‘sit with the hens’ a little and trust that, if the groundwork is in place, what we need will come.

Give yourself the space to live richly.





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