In a work life we must treat the intangibles as seriously and as practically as we treat the touchable, doable tasks of a given day.
−David Whyte, The Three Marriages: Reimagining Work, Self and Relationship
Our friendship took root in early conversation about impact and our individual Desire & Intent. Keith had been communicating with me for months it seems about getting together. With each message I received I would respond with options to meet, only to see the silence between us resume. Those who know me well know of a sometimes debilitating pet peeve I own; someone not following through. However, in the case of my friend I knew better.
Voice does not dance alone; its artful stirring made credible by your consciousness to be with the unfolding.
Again from David Whyte, “[How] easy it is to swap the rich struggling particularity of our given life for an abstract, too easy inheritance that would lead to our not seeing, to our not participating and to our refusal to care.” It is in being with that we truly learn to see.
Working in my office on the cold January day I was suddenly present with Keith in my core. I picked up the phone and called. The sudden presence was simple consciousness with my own voice. As the dialogue unfolded I realized Keith’s own need to be reminded of the ‘one thing’ so important to him in all life interaction−his voice.
As so easily happens with any one of us, Keith had become lost in a cloud bank while climbing to high levels of what he should do−a list not his own. The best action supports the sustainability of your energy. This action does this because it simply dances in the resonance of your voice.