“Self-awareness comes from action.”~ Eric Barker.
I argued (mentally) with Mr. Barker on this, and yet…..
I have spent the past several weeks almost totally immersed in ‘action,’ and for an observer/ thinker/ planner, then visualizer/ manifester, this is sometimes a foreign place for me to be. (Ha, who am I kidding! I’m a mosey-er by nature. This has felt like intro scenes from Lost Horizon!) All the movement. Whoa! My habitual-self oftimes cried out for “just some freakin’ P & Q” (peace and quiet) as I moved from one piece of action to the next.
HOWever, because my wont, especially with a project of my own (or others I have the pleasure to work with), is to visualize the end-results first, I have held that final-Image in Mind as I moved from item-to-item, thing-to-thing. It has helped immeasurably, especially when I became an emotional 4-yr-old cranky-pants who just craved her passy and naptime. Ha!
It has also helped that I am graced to have loved ones who cheer me on, lend a hand (arms, back, legs, muscles attached to heave-ho), reMind me of the ‘why’ and purpose, and who laugh with me at sometimes the silliest (or smart aleck-est or sardonic-est) things. I adore a sense of humor! It truly does lighten things up for me, mentally and even physically. A sudden burble of unexpected laughter is indeed a fine thing.
The self-awareness part? Yes, indeedy-do. I’ve come face-to-face with my own resistance, the old stories rehashed just-to-prove-I’m-right, got downright irritated that others were behaving in a manner that didn’t fit my narrative, and, an occasional that-ain’t-right moment. (OK, maybe more than one!) Whew. These were delightfully interspersed with huge buckets-full of joyful discoveries, and my own grateful self-affirmings that recognized the phenomenal growth and journey-work I’ve done these past decades.
I’ve kinda become my own Action Hero. Or Heroine as it is. How cool is that?!!
Move over Ellen Ripley and Trinity. Lin’s here.