How to Navigate the Chaos by Standing Still


Hi, this is Jennifer and I am here at Seneca Lake. I wanted to give you just a little thought that I came up with tonight and it's actually building on something that I've taught before.

I taught a class a while back about creating ripples by standing still. Basically, I was watching the rocks and the rock wall. And the rock wall was not moving. It was standing solid being what it is.... being its rocky solid self. And the lake was lapping up against it and ripples were going out from it.

You Are Enough

And it made me think that, even when we don't do anything, who we are, being who we are, is really important and we create ripples just by being who we are.

So, then, I was here the other night and we were having a really big wind storm and some rain, but mostly wind. And they were huge waves on the lake (huge for Seneca Lake... maybe a foot tall and maybe two at most).

But anyway, the point is that those huge waves were hitting the rock wall and it was creating even more, even stronger, even bigger ripples.

Being YOU Impacts the World

So it made me realize that, you know, when there's chaos all around and we feel like we need to do something, that we really need to ACT and DO something different.

Sometimes it's enough just to stand solid and BE something. Be who you're meant to be in this world and that, alone, will create some pretty powerful ripples as the chaos is all around.

You Get to Choose

So who is it that you want to be? Or what is it that you want to be?

How can you stand solidly in you?

So that, as the chaos is all around us and the waves are whipped higher and higher, how can you make the impact you want by standing firm in who you are?

It's Okay To Not Know...To Figure It Out As You Go

I don't know.

I'm still figuring all that out for myself.

But, at least, now I know what my question is for right now.

Curiosity to Create the Outcomes You Want

And the question is: Who do I want to be? What do I want to be?

And then, what if I can be that?

What if I choose to be that no matter what the chaos is flowing around me?

What if I can be who I most want to be no matter what anybody else is doing or saying or being?

I don't know.

I'm going to give it a shot.

See what happens. 


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