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The view.

Kind of tough to see if there are walls in the way.

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This past week many things have happened. It's been a topsy turvy kind of week and for the most part has been amazing. I've been out and about, enjoying our amazing weather with good friends in beautiful places. I've run workshops that inspire and educate. I've had some very powerful and challenging conversations with my coach. And I received the opportunity for me to show how much I have learned. You see, we all know a lot. Over the years I have learned so much about why we do what we do, about the drivers of human behaviour and about the masks we wear. The real tests come when something happens and you get to choose to use what you know. I hope that makes sense. 

Sometimes we can have all the knowledge in the world and still not use that knowledge in our own lives. My mission every day is to live by the principles I share in my newsletters, workshops and coaching. This can be tough. When we feel hurt by something that happens, the easiest thing to do is to attack or retreat. Either way we are acting out of an emotional space. When we retreat we often put up walls to protect ourselves as well. While this may protect us, what it also does is dull things down. Have you noticed when you go to another room and close the door you can't hear as much. That's because of the walls. And if you have fences around your home, the protect you but they also limit your views. 

So this week I had the opportunity to sit in a space within me that felt very vulnerable. I chose to neither attack nor retreat but to just sit. To work on who I am, what I believe and how I wanted to show up. And in the end I am proud of how I handled the situation. I stayed open and loving. That's been a difficult thing for me to do in the past. It's much easier to take the other options, attack or retreat, to build a wall and feel safe but also to feel disconnected from myself. So this week no walls. And it has been truly amazing. 

So, at this time of year, when tensions are high and sometimes others will act in surprising ways, it's an opportunity to sit, reflect and then show up in ways honour the skills and knowledge that you have. It's no good just knowing things. Life will always give you opportunities to show how you live those things. Don't put up walls. Yes you might feel safer and stronger behind the wall, but you will also feel lonely, isolated and disconnected.  Life is lived in full glorious colour. Sometimes its dark and murky and stormy and even that is beautiful. And other days its a riot of colour and noise and laughter. Enjoy it all. There is no mountain top without the valleys but if you build walls around yourself in the valley, you'll never get to see the view. You can't escape when you have walls. You are trapped. 

I'd like to just finish with this quote from Anais Nin. An extraordinary women who had much to say....

“I am an excitable person who only understands life lyrically, musically, in whom feelings are much stronger as reason. I am so thirsty for the marvelous that only the marvelous has power over me. Anything I can not transform into something marvelous, I let go. Reality doesn't impress me. I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape, one way or another. No more walls.” 
― Anaïs Nin

have a great week.

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