The Sitting Space is a regular feature in which I share the real-life challenges I’m “sitting” with and the lessons I have learned along the way. I hope it will inspire, enlighten and encourage you.
One of “Those” Days
Woke up this morning to the sound of rain pattering across the rooftop. Instead of the sun streaming through the windows inviting me to the new day, a dim haze barged its way in. I’m in a funk.
I stumbled from my bed and started the day. Good, morning, E-mail Inbox: an urgent “drop everything” meeting with a client this afternoon. Great.
Hello, Facebook. That’s right. It’s September 11. Mementos. Tributes. Fear.
What Do You Do When You Have “Those” Days?
I remind myself that life is cyclical. This is what it does. It’s not personal. Some days are up and some are down. Just because it is a “down” day, doesn’t mean anything more than an “up” day does. It’s the way of life. Even a down day can be a good day.
This week, I read The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho’s classic allegory for the first time. It tells the story of shepherd, Santiago who embarks on a quest–his Personal Legend–for great riches that he believes are at the great Pyramids of Egypt. The theme of the story is persistence. Don’t give up.
Each of us is living our own Personal Legend written by the Creator’s hand. Trust your path. If you’re on it, then it is the right path–because it is yours.
Finally, when I am dealing with anxiety and uncertainty, I remind myself that I have nothing to prove in the world. I don’t need to justify my life, my experience or my existence to anyone. I am good enough.
My Invitation for You
Come back to yourself. If you are facing anxiety, return to the place inside where you know you best. Remember that you do not need to do anything to earn approval or respect. You don’t need to step into your power; you are your power. And that truth needs no external validation.