Lessons in Misaligned Action
Last week, amongst the haze between Christmas and New Year, my 5 year old smashed one of his two front teeth inward slipping over with a toy in his mouth. He was and is ok (as are his teeth thankfully) but it was still one of those horrid moments as a parent.
The day before I had literally been looking at his teeth while he laughed and being thankful for his perfect pearly whites (it's something I'm more aware of since our youngest had to have teeth surgery at 2 years old under stressful circumstances).
I am someone that looks for the learnings in moments like this and for me it was definitely a lesson in the fluidity of life. Things can seem perfect and then abruptly, not be.
If you're taking misaligned action based on a misconception that things WON’T shift from their current state? E.g. testing your limits as a child (even though your gut is telling you to stop doing what you're doing) because you think you're invincible ... The rude awakening when the veil of perfection lifts is going to be especially cruel.
Before I started my business, had children or any kind of awakening or exposure to conscious business, I stayed in job I kinda hated for 7 years.
I did so because the sum of its parts added up to more than what my intuition was telling me. I stayed because on paper - it looked great. I should have left as soon as I got the soul nudge to but it seemed silly to leave something that had so many ticks besides it. That was my 1st mistake and the cracks started to form from there.
Promotions that were dangled in front of me disappeared after turning down other jobs. A fun team culture was replaced with a slightly misogynist one. The money was never worth it and more and more I felt overworked and taken for granted.
If I'd listened to my gut and taken action rather than acting on perception - I would have been a lot happier and better off. I probably wouldn't be where I am today tho. So I AM grateful for the hard lessons I received then. Just as I am grateful for the lesson my son learnt from his recent experience!
So, reminders for today:
Things can always get better if you follow your intuition and lean into choices that benefit your body, heart and/or soul.
Things can always get worse if you lean into assumption, obligations, requirements, peer pressure, fear or ignore your instincts.
Don’t run in socks with toys in your mouth.
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