Sometimes we get injured. I speak from experience. My foot aches with pain from a tendon overused, likely linked to an Achilles that was tight.
Isn’t that how our problems in life also go? One linked to another. And, for me at least, often the connection isn’t made until later, when an “aha” moment reveals how we could have prevented the problematic pain. Hmmm…this learning is good. But I can’t help wishing I’d learned faster. Seen the bigger picture sooner. Although such perspectives imply greater speed and size (“learn faster” “see bigger”), when I pause and really listen, my deeper wisdom tells me the opposite is actually true.
I need to slow down. More carefully examine smaller details–these are the path to quicker, bigger wisdom.
These lessons take patience.
Long, slow, unexpectant patience ironically becomes the shortcut to where I want to go. It’s a training plan for life.
On my inner-outer workout plan for this week I’m placing the following:
- slow down
- pay attention to every ache and pain; nurture them to heal
- look for connections among the pain points and add to my stock of prevention-wisdom
- spend time among people, beings, and places who help me heal.
It’s a good plan. I’ll try to stay focused and on task. I might even slow down enough to find the shortcut.
Want to learn more about slowing down to get where you want to go faster? Sign up for the Indigenous Time Management workshop on Monday, March 29 at 1pm Pacific.