Ordinary Time

I’ve always found these late January days to be tough on my energy and motivation. The holidays are a faint echo and the exuberance of the new year has given way to the disjointedness of human plans put in motion amidst a natural world that paces itself to a slower, hidden metronome.

I feel myself attracted to that more thoughtful tempo, one of deepening and reflecting, even as the human landscape teems with economic, strategic and achievement-focused energy.

I am contemplating how to be faithful to both the work I am committed and expected to deliver and the innermost signals I notice, the ones urging me to replace “just do it” with “just observe” and “just consider,” just a little longer.

Knowing that I cannot dictate the demands or the pace at which they come, I wonder how I might bring that internal desire to the foreground as I meet the expectations before me.

How might I honor both the appeal to act and the call to be still?

How do I hold this tension lightly enough that it will inform new awareness rather than strengthen my resistance?

What is trying to emerge in the space between action and reflection?

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The Ebb and Flow

The ocean is predictable…consistent.

You’re not going to go to sleep tonight worried about whether or not the waves will be coming to shore.

But I wonder, do you go to sleep feeling the same way about your boss?

Does he or she show up every day as you expect them to, as you need them to?

Do they have a “low tide”? A period when they give you the space to do what they hired you to do?

Do they have a “high tide”? A time when they get involved, providing direction and support as specifically as you need it?

The waves may not come onshore tonight. The ocean may not ebb and flow. But it probably will.

And your boss should, too.

DAVID BERRY is the author of “A More Daring Life: Finding Voice at the Crossroads of Change” and the founder of RULE13 Learning. He speaks and writes about the complexity of leading in a changing world.