“Why should I not sit, every morning of my life, on the hillside, looking into the shining world?”
~Mary Oliver

The world is out there for me to enjoy it, and relish in it, if I only remember to. I’ve learned this over the years.

I can start my morning diving headfirst into my fray. I can jump right in, solving my problems, facing my issues, and dealing with my challenges. Or I can take a few minutes and sit, and look at all that is beautiful and shining around me.

And when I do, when I take that pause, I have more energy and more enthusiasm for what comes to me, both good and bad.

I see the same with many of my clients. Somewhere in the midst of our ongoing coaching relationship, many of my clients inquire about intention and mindfulness. They ask me about finding more time and more space, about keeping their passion and eagerness.

I suggest that they find their version of sitting and basking in the shininess (mine is often either sitting in quiet meditation, or luxuriating in my latte with an extra shot), and that they pay attention to what results they get from that “effort.” Do they feel more rushed, or calmer? Are they more focused, or more distracted? Or is there no difference?

I know I’m biased, but what I have learned from my questioning of clients who start to play with sitting and noticing the shining world is how much a simple act like this can transform life. And work. And effectiveness. And enjoyment.

A simple act like sitting, every morning of my life, on the hillside, looking into the shining world, can make my life – and myself – shine more.

How do you see your shining world?
Click here to comment.

If you enjoyed this post, you can read more like it in our book, The Power of Thoughtful Leadership: 101 Minutes To Being the Leader You Want To Be, available on Amazon.

If you want more of your world to shine, and you want to notice it more, contact Robyn at rmcleod@chatsworthconsulting.com.

Click here to receive The Thoughtful Leaders™ Blog posts via e-mail and receive a copy of “Ending Leadership Frenzy: 5 Steps to Becoming a More Thoughtful and Effective Leader.”

Photo Credit:Tverdokhlib/Bigstock.com

New York: 212.537.6897 | Pennsylvania: 610.254.0244