We had a wonderful few days. Friends and wonderful food and the thrill of all my children engaged and in a magical frame of mind for the most part. I focused with intention, to be wholly present with them all. It paid off in beautiful conversations, cuddles on the couch and hot chocolate moments when they got back from sledding or pretending to swim in the “snow waves” in our back yard.
The major exception was having to deal with one of the more frustrating, difficult bureaucratic experiences of my life (and I’ve had plenty). In the last 10 days I’ve spent more than 20 hours on this project, fighting a system that felt overwhelmingly stacked against me. Sparing you the mindnumbing details, after much negotiation I am close to a solution, and very grateful to be so.
My key take-away? You’ve got to grab on to the sweet with both hands even when you are in the middle of the sour. I utterly refused (OK, I did have one melt-down) to allow those hours of mysterious administrative process, mess with the joy my family and I created over that same period. Nor get in the way of the important commitments I made for the beginning of my year as I reviewed and planned and dreamed. I cannot get those 20 hours back. But I also cannot stay in a place of frustration or anger to begin one of the most important years of my life.
It is messy. And complicated. And there will always be obstacles to the conscious life you are trying to create. You can count on it. The only path through is to make sure we are anchored in the big picture of what ‘it’ is all for, what our existence is all about.
How do you stay focused on your higher purpose when you’re in the midst of experiences that are difficult, painful or simply make you furious?
* My friend and all round genius, CV Harquail, expressed it perfectly in her blog earlier this week — it’s a must read.
As you dive in to 2011, I invite you to join me for She Negotiates Balance and Purpose starting January 17th. Details and registration information here. It is an investment in yourself that will energize your life and benefit those you love. Make 2011 the year to tackle the obstacles head on! Make it disruptive!.
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