Letting Some Things Be …


People and Sunsets - Carl Rogers

People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be.

When I look at a sunset, I don’t find myself saying, “Soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner.”

I don’t try to control a sunset.

I watch with awe as it unfolds.

                                   ~ Carl R. Rogers

 

I spend a fair amount of time every day dealing with change in one way or another.  Those of us who believe in the power of  transformational change and transformational leadership emphasis change, because we know that is what brings our better selves into focus and our better futures into reality.

Change is a given in life, whether you welcome it with open arms or cling desperately to a past (which may only exist in your mind).   Change is hard, but worth the pain.  Change is refreshing and gives us energy to do great things.

Of course, not everyone shares these warm and fuzzy feelings about change.

Change is good … You go first.”  

Scott Adams via Dilbert

Some of us automatically look for what could or should change in things.  We are never quietly accepting of what is, because we are always focusing on what could be.  We see ourselves as the great movers of people, organizations, and society.  If it weren’t for us, goodness … we might just sit around and take pleasure in what we already have, such as …

The process that does what it should do adequately …

The system that delivers what it promises without too many glitches…

The colleague who does their job competently, without sharing our dream of being the “World Class Whatever” …

The sunset that takes our breath away and does not ask a penny in return …

Mindfulness includes the idea that sometimes we just become aware of the moment.  We focus on what is, not on what might be or should be, but on what is before us.  The ability to just enjoy a moment or a person has been dented by our modern society … Our sometimes manic emphasis on speed, achievement, and growth has value, but it comes at a cost.

No argument here that some things need desperately to change.  Open your browser or morning paper (depending on your bent) and you will see ample opportunity to improve who we are and how we are.   Sometimes we are impelled to act: 

When things or situations endanger life, liberty, or property, it is time to act . . . 

When your own dissatisfactions affect your ability to get through your day, it is time to act . . .  

When you want a thing so much that you are willing and eager to engage in positive change to achieve that thing, it is time to act . . .

… But sometimes it is time to just sit on the back patio and watch the day come to a gloriously beautiful end.

Forcing myself to take time to just let it be in the Heartland ….

John

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