But my friend had a point. I was lost in all my busyness. And it was showing up in how I served my clients, chipped away at my value and slipped in guarding my personal integrity.
"Do you know what happens when you pour salt into a glass of water and stir it up?" My mentor asked this pointed question as he picked up his water glass across the table from me at a popular breakfast diner. "Yes," I responded, knowing exactly where he was going with this analogy. "It gets cloudy." I nodded in agreement.
"And what happens when you stop stirring?" "The salt settles to the bottom," He might as well had finished by saying, "Stop stirring, Sharon. Go settle yourself and get clarity." I got the point.
And yes, I get it. As a busy entrepreneur, it’s so easy to get trapped on the insanely busy hamster wheel. What? Another must-see webinar, seminar, conference... all screaming to commandeer our time and attention.
Oftentimes we think we are making progress, but in fact, going nowhere fast. Have you ever felt that way? Let me be the first to sheepishly say, "Amen" to that.
So, I decided to heed wise counsel and "settle myself" by taking a climb up Atlanta's Stone Mountain; you know, to get close to God and nature.
My pace was intentionally slow, which allowed me to see things that were there all along -but I was too busy focusing on sprinting up the trail, and unfortunately, not enjoying the view along the way.
When I finally slowed down as I climbed up the mountain, I noticed a few things:
The little blackbirds playfully chirping overhead. They seem so deliberate in having fun, darting from tree to tree.
Wish that we would be so carefree.
I observed how the stubborn pine trees stretch their thick roots along the rocky path, insisting on growing through the stones. Wish that we would be so bold and grow through the concrete of our limited beliefs.
I noticed fellow hikers who were wise enough to pause along the path. When they got weary they chose to rest a spell. It seems they had no agenda, no deadline, and no big hurry to get to the top. So they took time to meet and greet fellow hikers. Friendships are formed with perfect strangers.
Wish we all would refuse to miss the moments captured only when we slow down and settle ourselves.
As my friend Duane Cummings urged me, I now urge you to settle, not stir. Take time to slow down from the busyness of life.
- Become carefree like the birds who accept no worries.
- Take a cue from the stoic pine trees whose roots create their own path even in the rocks on Stone Mountain.
- And like the prudent hiker, don't be in such a hurry for you'll miss the moments that make life rich with relationships.