Many things lately have been coming up that lead me to think about openness. My new friend Sara wrote on her blog today about the good that comes when one stays open though in a vulnerable place. That got me thinking about times when vulnerability has led me to more openness than I might otherwise muster up.
A phrase I’ve found myself using (in a pejorative way) is “if you’re a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” It’s my way of pooh-poohing those who see only One True Way, I guess. Short-sightedness.
I think the opposite of that stance is the one held by small children where everything is magical and can be anything, anything at all. Underpants make a fine hat and a toy car could be just the right size to act as a pretend cellphone.
So I’ve been looking for ways to purposefully be more open to what IS rather than to bemoan what is NOT or to try to force change. So on my first day at the New Big Girl Job with the 2 long train rides to/from the city, when I discovered I had not packed a book in my backpack rather than berate myself or getting annoyed I thought “Aha! a chance to try meditation on a commuter train.”
I’m noticing that the task that’s my current assignment, one I’ve done before and remembered as inordinately boring, can be sort of rhythmical and systematic, and if I get away to the ‘boring’ label it just IS – it’s what I’m doing now.
I think having a new job and a new daily routine is a good shake-up. By needing to change things that have felt fundamental to me, like my bedtime it’s rocked my world in a tiny way and that’s enough to create some “Wake Up!” energy. Which is great!
And what a far more pleasant way to be jostled a bit – and encouraged by God/The Universe to wake up more. Way better than the ways we so often get jostled. And not quite as better as the best part of that spectrum (falling in love, international travel, new babies on the scene).
So let’s see how long I can stay Awake and what comes of this openness. I’m curious!
And I’m also, TRULY, curious about you – what awakens you? What events cause you to open up? What happens when you do let go of rigidity/routine/predictability? Is it a good thing? Scary? Break your routine now – do something WILD AND CRAZY and comment on my blog publicly – g’wan, it won’t kill ya! I triple dare you!