Why Not?

"Some men see things as they are and say why. I dream things that never were and say why not."

Robert F. Kennedy

Why Not Accept… It’s Just Information

Life is a school and a constant feedback loop. It’s talking to us moment by moment through our experiences and interactions with each other and our environment.
We all have, and have had, dreams, expectations and goals, personally and professionally, with clear intentions and paths to make them happen. Our individual life experiences are personal to us, and yet we all know how it feels when life can switch in a moment. I’ve experienced the financial ramifications of my biggest client getting their funding cut, just when I was achieving my own level of financial stability. I’ve had a coup de foudre (hit by lightning/love at first sight) only to have the other person tell me even though they feel everything I do, they “can’t do it.” I’ve watched clients hire people I knew were not right for the position, and then having the client need me to work with them to help clean up the fall out that rippled through their organization (clients, board members, investors).

 

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Why Not learn to forgive more? Why Not reduce judgment?

A deeply pivotal moment in my life happened some years ago when an entrepreneur friend asked me to meet his top Colombian advisor in Baranquilla. After a few minutes of being deeply engaged in conversation, she looked me right in the eye and said, “you are good at forgiving. Now you must learn not to judge.” Her words were an energetic hammer. I knew that there was so much truth in what she said. My mind felt like a Rubik’s Cube, trying to just stay open and listen. And then integrate what I had heard and put it together in a meaningful and practical way.

 

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Why not be like water?

Of all the elements in nature, water provides the strongest metaphor for me. Water is a reminder to not be afraid to pivot, and that things can change shape in an instant. Water reminds me that there is always a way to reach one’s goals and often multiple pathways to getting there. Water always finds the opening. And maybe more intention to those goals, and less attachment to a specific way to achieve them is a better way to go. For me, it’s often allowing for a mindshift to greater levels of adaptability that opens opportunities ~ sometimes out of nowhere. Water teaches me many things…

 

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