By: Rebecca Liston
I don’t know about you, but lately I have been feeling a bit like I am reading a book to a toddler.
You know how you’d reach the end of the book, close it, and declare: “The End!” And the toddler, desperate not to have to go to sleep, would keep talking to keep you engaged and would ask, eyes wide, “But then what happened?”
And you’d say, “I don’t know, kiddo, that’s just the end of the book.”
And the child would reply, “Yeah, I know, but then what happened?”
And, exasperated, you’d say, again, “I don’t know. That. Was. The. End.”
And the child, equally exasperated by your seeming lack of imagination or desire to engage, would raise their little voice and demand: “I know! BUT THEN WHAT HAPPENED?!?!?”
Well, let’s just say that I am feeling a little like I did during those night-time reading times because at every turn I feel as though there is a toddler looking at me and asking what could possibly happen next.
Dear friends, what the heck is going to happen next?!?
In the midst of uncertainty, there are several paths we can choose. Sometimes I choose all of them within mere seconds of one another. I can cry, scream, rant, rage, sleep, bury my head in the covers, eat, over-schedule myself, under-schedule myself, talk too much, be unnervingly quiet, and more all within minutes.
But despite all of that, I have found that one key decision is helping tremendously in the midst of it all: I have taken to choosing things that I can do and I can control to focus my energy on. In doing this, I can then stay as stable as possible within my own self so that I can evolve and grow in the ways that our World is demanding of us.
I can maintain my commitment to meditate daily (hello, A Course In Miracles, you’re my saving grace!)
I can maintain my commitment to drink three litres of water a day.
I can maintain my commitment to ensure my body is getting healthy nutrients.
I can maintain my commitment to move my body each day.
And I can maintain my commitment to be in bed (even if I cannot sleep) for eight hours a night.
Am I perfect at this?
Heck, no, I am not.
But do I benefit from these things each and every time I renew my commitment to them?
You bet I do.
The commitment to the “basics” is sometimes about all I can manage these days, and that goes for my work life, too. What commitments are you making to your work and your clients that are helping you to feel as though you can control at least a few things in the midst of all the unknowns?
Are you keeping an eye on your budget?
Are you maintaining close contact with your clients?
Are you following up diligently with prospective new clients?
Are you answering emails in a timely fashion?
There are some basics that are key not only to sustaining your business, but to sustaining your self within it. And in the world of “What’s happening now?!?” these are the things that will keep us all steady and stable, allowing us the opportunity to grow and evolve from there.
The World is asking a lot of each of us right now, and we owe it to our fellow Humans, to our Children, and to Ourselves to be showing up, ready, for whatever happens next. And to do that, we must commit to doing the things that stabilize us and ready us for change and, ultimately, the evolution our Planet and its People deserve.
Rebecca Liston is cofounder and business intuitive at Las Peregrinas, a creative and consulting agency. She specializes in anchoring folks in a clear-eyed understanding of which path is theirs for the taking. She’s got one foot in the land of the subtle and unseen, and the other foot firmly planted in the land of ruthless pragmatism. Oh, and she swears like a sailor, which makes us love her more.
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