“Only that day dawns to which we are awake.”~Henry David Thoreau
I was driving through the mountains of Colorado recently, on the way home from a long ski weekend. I was fully aware of how lucky I was to have had the weekend I’d had, and, I thought, fully alive and awake to the moment.
And then I looked out the window, at the snow on the ground on the side of the road, and it was sparkling. Truly sparkling.
Now, I know it was just that the snow was a bit iced over, and that the early morning sun was hitting it just right. But it sparkled in a glorious, beautiful way.
As I marveled at the beauty of the moment, I realized that I could have missed the sparkling. I could have been caught up checking email on my phone or not paying any attention to my surroundings. I could have not been awake to the moment, even as I thought smugly to myself how awake to the moment I was. I could have missed it, or been too preoccupied by anything to have taken the splendor in.
I realized that potentially whole days could go by with my not really noticing what was happening or what was around me. Opportunities to connect with people, make a difference, accomplish something great, have more fun – it all could be passing me by and I could be caught too deep in myself to notice. I could simply not be aware. Or awake.
I have the opportunity in this day, in this moment, to be fully awake. I have the possibility of being fully awake myself, and in inviting, and exciting, those around me to be fully awake as well.
Thoughtful Leadership is being present – and awake. Being intentional – and awake. And being authentic – and awake. Thoughtful leadership allows me – reminds me – to be completely in this moment, in this day, in this world, in this situation. To see the best of it, and to have it bring out the best of me.
I can be fully awake.
How do you practice being fully awake to what is?
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I confess that it is not every day that I am stirred to complete awareness of all that is going on aroud me, but on my daily morning commute, on those mornings when the sun bursts brightly in the early morning sky, I am reminded of how uplifting it is to take in the brightness of the new day.
It is an amazing world we are privileged to live in, and while it is often too easy to focus on all that might be going wrong around me,at those times when I can be “in the moment”, appreciating the glory of a sunrise on a Monday morning can set up the entire week.
Thank you Greg. I couldn’t agree with you more.