Please do not wait for all to fall into some preordered comfortable arrangement, some sweet package making it easy to be present, as this is not the path to know true presence.
True presence, as an act of being with, is a gift to the other person. Do not underestimate the impact of this life-sustaining sharing of authentic energy. In the self-inflicted stress of distraction we cheat ourselves out of the wonderful blessing in an unexpected moment. In an interview I watched, I heard Drew Barrymore say, “Expectation is the mother of deformity.”
How tragically precise we can be at creating well-intended, misguided expectations that ultimately limit us in actually holding what might really be possible.
I am reminded of what so often bothered me through the years about “retreats” focused on some hot method to supposedly help us create some magical vision that all would readily understand and implement accordingly back in the workplace. We would compose some cryptic statement incapable of generating even one spark while expecting a raging inferno of results in the troops.
Do not, please, translate any such corporate exercise into your individual, purposeful presence.
Purpose is not out there someday when−not for you! Purpose is Now, in this moment with you, in your true presence.
Know thyself in a flowing constancy−and we will know encouraging power in your presence.