I sense those feelings waiting in the wings. But I have a stronger self-care muscle now. I am learning to shift my expectations and I’m adopting the mantra, “good enough.”
Interestingly, I don’t think I’m any less productive by choosing not to go into overdrive. And I’m certainly more pleasant to be around.
Instead of cracking the whip and driving myself into the ground with tasks and checklists, I’m going through my day taking one thing at a time. And I’m carrying with me the energy of this past weekend.
Immersed in a coaches training course for three days, I witnessed people’s stories of who they are becoming. I had poignant and powerful coaching conversations about hopes and fears, longings and new awareness. I told people about the beautiful things I see in them and heard about how they want to make an impact on the world. I also got to be championed, listened to and held.
And it occurs to me now that it was simply love in action. Love – empowering, healing, ennobling love. Perhaps that is why I am not getting wrapped up in the pressure of getting my shit together this week. Instead, I have the sensation of being wrapped up in love.
Love makes “good enough” possible. Love makes unrealistic expectations melt away. Love makes failure just another step forward.
In saying so, I run the risk of veering into the world of platitudes. But this is the real deal, people.
So much can happen when we open our hearts to others, when we invite intimacy and connection, when we are willing to stand in the fire of our own vulnerability.
It is a fierce and courageous love, and the world needs it from us now more than ever.
What is your relationship to intimacy? How might you invite intimacy into your day today?
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