The fine art of communicating through tiny screens I don’t know about you, but I am equal parts thankful for and exhausted by Zoom and all of the various iterations of video conferencing. A year in, many of us have become pretty adept at holding meetings, attending events, and connecting…
Herein lies Bear’s great wisdom…Purpose Matters. It matters to everyone, not just the leaders. Especially if it’s not clear why the change is happening. Perhaps there is a change in priorities based on a vision for the future. Or there is a new regulation or maybe a different protocol that creates more work, not less. It’s understandably hard to get on board with some of these changes.
There is a different, far more compassionate way to look at these feelings. It’s almost impossible to see once you are off and running, but if you can pause as this bubbles up, there’s a good chance you can re-direct this train of thought. Because even feelings of discomfort or misalignment are useful. If you are living a Wild purposeful life, it really does matter that you feel lined up, at least in some aspects of your life. Here’s the thing that can bring me back from the freefall of catastrophizing or questioning everything… Nothing is wasted.
Our culture perpetuates the myth of Arrival. Like if we really pulled it all together, we could be that polished, calm, energetic, accomplished individual that we see reflected in the stereotypes of our imagination. Personally or professionally, this deception of arrival is insidious and dangerous. It lures us into believing that it’s possible to be complete, inside or out. That if we just worked a little longer, dug a little deeper, ate the right foods, or tried harder, somehow, we would cross a threshold into a land of competent and peaceful completion.
Communication, however, is decidedly NOT one size fits all. Not even one size fits the same person the same way every time. To move from being Present, which would look something like the above scenario, to being Wildly Present (the practice of giving your undivided attention) asks us to pause, to be curious about the person in front of you and what they may need in this moment, knowing it could be very different than what you might need or welcome.
When we are Wildly Welcoming, we often find support and connection in the most unlikely of places. Team Wild member Ashley recently found this little stray dog, Charlie, in her yard and he quickly has become buddies with her Dalmatian, Sebastian. On Being Wildly Welcoming in the Workplace Sometimes when…
In order for each of us to bring ourselves back from “destructive busy” to “productive busy,” we need to know “What’s in our doghouse?” What are the things, in just a few minutes, that can help bring us back from feeling distracted, isolated, or just not motivated, to a sense of excitement, connectedness, and love for our work?