A great customer, and wonderful human being, shared this quote with me many years ago and it spoke to me then, as it does still today. I came across the small, well worn note while cleaning out some papers this week and decided to share it with you.
Introspection . . .
When we explore our inner landscape,
Our dreams blossom with promise,
Our spirits soar with possibility,
And the potential
Intrinsic to each of us
When we journey inward,
We honor the most unique aspects
Of who we are ~
And discover the depth
Of what we can become.
~ Unknown Author
We often find ourselves in a place where our lives have taken a direction that we didn’t expect, and that we did not desire. It is in these moments that the process of looking deeply inward can reveal to us the elemental core of the person we chose to be. How we respond to the monumental challenge we must overcome, the paralyzing fear that we must face, or the overwhelming grace that we have received is what defines our depth and beauty. This reflection has guided me over the years, to look deeply into my “inner landscape” ~ to search the shadowy dark places, and to revel in the brilliant light of the open spaces. It can be a daunting, and sometimes frightening thing, to seek oneself so deeply, but the treasures that this journey brings are of incomprehensible value to those brave enough to find themselves in this place.
So you may be wondering. . . what does this have to do with business consulting and coaching? That answer depends on where you are in your journey. For those individuals who find themselves in unexpected places in their business or career, on a path they did not choose , this process of introspection has the potential to clear a path, to reveal unconsidered possibilities, and dreams that were previously beyond imagination.
Having walked that path, having felt loss. . . and lost. . . I can say confidently that we create our own reality by how we see, not only ourselves, but the world.
Seek to grow, seek to learn, seek to create.