This morning when I was out for my walk, I was awestruck by nature’s splendor: a whole row of bushes was covered in spider webs delicately decorated with frost crystals.
I was transfixed, closely examining each web and taking pictures, the light conditions were perfect. The sun had not come around yet to melt the magic.
We have so much to appreciate in this magnificent world and it is everywhere. I’m not always present enough to notice it. Are you?
Yet, I find that when I do take breaks away from my “to do list” and notice the simple things that inspire and enrich me, I’m uplifted. Ideas start to flow in, tasks are handled in perfect timing with less effort, and I have more energy for life.
Here’s how it happened for a client of mine.
Sue called earlier today. “Can I reschedule our coaching to two hours later?” she asked. “I could really use it ‘cause my business just isn’t growing fast enough, but the sun is finally out after days of rain and I really want to walk the dogs.”
“Sure,” I said, and I gave her a simple assignment for her dog walk. I asked her to practice deliberately looking for things to appreciate. Not worrying about her business or ruminating about things she didn’t like; she was only to give attention to what inspired her.
A while later she called again.
“Thanks! I just had a great coaching session so I won’t need to come and see you today.”
“I’m such a good student, I did what you suggested and something really astonishing happened.”
She told me how she had appreciated the snow-capped mountains, rolling hills, grazing horses, swooping eagles and her well-trained dogs. She had appreciated her freedom to come and go as she pleased. She appreciated her husband who supported her in starting her new business and much more. After her mood lifted, she was inspired to practice training her dogs and went to a deserted parking lot in the country not expecting to find other people.
“Shortly after I arrived, a man drove into the parking lot. He was the same man who was in my introductory class last week. We started chatting and he gave me some feedback on how to improve my teaching that was so helpful to me. This question had been burning in my mind and he answered it perfectly.
“Then he gave me a brilliant idea to turn my 6 classes of 1.5 hours into a two day workshop. He said his wife was considering driving all the way to Seattle (over 160 km) to get the training on a weekend instead of in 6 weeks. I would love to create a weekend workshop!
“Then, he also suggested a clever new way I could promote myself. You know how I feel shy about giving out my dog training business cards. Well, he suggested that I train my dogs in public places and then it would feel much more natural to hand out my business cards to people who are interested. From now on, I’m going to visit different parks and practice my training where other dog walkers can see me.”
“What a great synchronicity how this man came to you and that he had so much good information for you to grow your business. Mighty manifesting,” I said. “Will you continue to appreciate?” I asked.
“Absolutely!” she said.
“Oh! There’s a radiant sliver of pink just over the Lions (mountains). So breathtaking. And the colors of the trees and plants everywhere are so vivid.”
Obviously she was still high on life. And her happy mood had attracted a happy rendezvous and inspiring ideas.
So take a break! Walk the dog. Or pause to appreciate nature or the people around you from your current spot. Keep at it until it moves you emotionally. A few minutes of pure positive appreciation can lift your spirits, heighten your creativity, and ease you back up into the flow. You may even feel coached towards your dreams.