I’ve been really struggling with writing a new blog post. I’m long overdue, my aim is to write one every week or two, but I just have been having trouble getting into the head space for it. I think it’s because I’m OBSESSED with the election, and anxious about it, and so I’m not feeling ‘inspiring.’ Or whatever I think I’m supposed to be for you in these posts, in order to market my business.
But here’s what I’ve learned from coaching. Just name exactly what is. Just name it, and see if it resonates. Trust where you are, don’t try to be somewhere else. Any path deeper and forward starts right exactly here.
So here’s the thing. I can’t be a blogger right now who isn’t obsessed with the election. I can’t be a coach, or a parent, or a wife, or a writer, who isn’t obsessed with the election right now. And my obsession with the election is allowed to inform my choices, shape my next steps, my conversations, even my blog posts. In fact it must inform them. If I’m going to live a fulfilling life, if I’m going to be in my messy truth, I have to root myself where I’m actually standing, because that’s where I’m powerful, that’s where I have a voice.
You know, I have a broken toe right now. I notice that I’m not trying to somehow overcome that obstacle. I’m not like – toe, shmo, now would a great time to run a marathon! No, I start with the premise that I have a broken toe right now, and so whatever I do needs to take that into consideration. The same rule holds for this election cycle. What’s happening in our country right now is a BIG DEAL. And I care about it. That makes me present, human, connected, in touch. So anything I do in the next five weeks is going to be informed by this as my starting place.
You know what I’m finding ‘inspiring’ right now? Folks who pitch in even if they can’t do the whole thing themselves. People who reaching beyond being frozen to do something, some small piece, or big piece, the size doesn’t matter. It's looking from a distance at all these people cumulatively, and seeing their collective impact. That is inspiring.
So wherever you are today, whether you share my obsession or have one of your own, do you have small steps you are taking to make a difference? Are you doing things today that have a positive impact on the lives of others? Have you made get out the vote calls? Have you fed people who were hungry? Have you donated to support hurricane relief in Haiti? Have you gone to work at a job that provides service? Have you created something that brings hope? Have you been present emotionally with another? Have you listened? Have you been kind?
Are you centering whatever is true for you today? Staking it in the middle of your actions, your choices, letting it be your voice? Are you being guided to action by what you find inspiring in the actions others? What if we all lived that way every day?
I want you to know that I’m moved by you. You are uplifting me during this tenuous time. People in my life, clients, social media friends and strangers, your small steps, your courage, your actions, are inspiring to me right now. I take deep comfort from being among you, taking my small next steps alongside yours.