Be in the present! Have gratitude for the things and relationships you have. Slow down, enjoy the moment…these are the messages being tossed our way all the time.
What is the present if not prep for the future, or a different present yet to come?
Planning, expecting, being excited for a future time is an important part of being. Of being in the now.
Who will you be when you get that job or step to the plate in the game? What will your mental state be? Your skills and tools? Will you be prepared to employ the lessons learned? How do you plan to teach yourself those lessons? When?
Being able to show the world who you will be in the future is an important part of being in the now. Future relationships aren’t interested in who you are now, they want to know what’s gonna happen when…do you have a plan?
People in cultures from all corners of the world swaddle their infants. They wrap them tightly in material so that the baby is constrained yet comfortable.
Arms tight to their sides, just their face clear for breathing, the child is soothed by the containment. It’s like a long-term hug, the comfort of being right where they are and their brains not having to consider much outside the swaddling material.
Entire teams can be swaddled, comforted by the feeling of being surrounded by known people, expectations and norms. Being accepted by those around you and understanding the clear rules and standards of a team offers the comfort of familiarity even if circumstances or relationships are challenging, or may sometimes feel personally constraining.
Are your team members given wide-open freedom to do what they think they should do or are they guided–gently but surely–by the comfort of clear team standards?
Is your way working?