One of my favorite ways to wake up in the morning is the sound of birds singing.
Especially the sweet, gentle sounds that pull me gently from my slumber, but even the more, shall we say, insistent ones right outside my window are welcome to my ears.
Birds are a reminder for me of the importance of trust.
They trust that when they take their first flutters from the nest, they will be able to take flight. They trust that the sun will rise and they will sing their songs. They soar through windy skies, zip between tangled branches, or over steep ledges, because they trust what they are meant to be doing.
Wanting to have a pretty solid idea of what is likely to happen in the future is human nature. Some of us are more uncomfortable with not knowing than others, and of course practice makes progress.
I am one of those humans who generally enjoys some level of predictability.
If there's one thing you can do in life to eliminate said predictability, I'm pretty sure that's to be a self-employed consultant. Add into that the fact that for many of my graphic recording jobs, I am not really sure what's going to happen during the session, but I will be expected to hand over a beautifully finished chart by the end of it. Uncertainty much? And I must really enjoy this lack of control thing as I've recently delved a lot deeper into painting with watercolors (check the end of this email for more deets). Which tend to do what they want.
Cue increased heart rate and impulse to reach for a glass of wine.
Instead of letting my mind worry (a misuse of imagination, according to Dan Zadra), I take a few deep breaths and focus on trusting that everything is working out exactly as it's meant to.
And the birds can help us humans out too. Listening for as many different bird songs as I can is a fun practice that helps me get present and relax.
Then it's time to take action! Because as much as I trust that everything is unfolding divinely, you gotta do the work too.
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