In late spring we completed a home renovation that included an office setting change. When our renovations were still in the winter of ideas, I felt an inner twinge when my husband suggested an office relocation. What? No! My creek views!
Perhaps you can relate to those twinges that whisper "this is change" and call us to begin our dance of grace between opposites. Do we want to change what we know and embrace curiosity and excitement? What would a new setting be like? It could be fun to create a new space.
Or do we believe where we are is already ideal? The view inspires me. Nature is my messenger guiding my communication daily. What about the “not to be disturbed” door I can close?
Our dance of grace between the opposites of life flows. We are continually brought to choices to step left, right, straight, or forward every 86,400 moments each day. A continual motion of our reactions and our actions based on the location of our mind and heart.
If I move from a small, enclosable office space to one that is expansive and without boundaries is it like stretching from a cocoon with my own butterfly wings?
I am blessed to have two terrific co-workers who hold up mirrors for me to better see. Both are excellent communicators and it is such a rarity if they speak loudly or harshly. They are inspirational, motivators, game for anything. They are rain, snow, sleet, or shine co-workers, willing to run outside no matter the weather before our workdays begin.
They are alike, and they are different, too. One acts as office manager keeping watch for who might try to distract me. The other is more social and sees interruption as an opportunity to do something out of the routine. One models “stay the course” and the other likes to blaze new paths. She explores with determination, patience, and without fear takes a few risks or a leap into the unknown a time or two.
One is more introverted and serious in her approach. She also puts others first, her desire is to please. The other lives according to "everything is joy" and "listen first to your own authenticity", and though she too has a desire to please, she first honors her true being.
My coworkers—aka dogs—are guideposts in my graceful dance of life learning. As I move further into the open, they guide my dance between steadfast grounding in the comfort of now and joyful curiosity to explore unchartered possibilities.
I sit in my new spacious office and affirmation graces my view. Momma deer crosses the yard morning and night with her two babies. One baby stays close to mom, grounded in their rhythmic routine. The other is the trailblazer, exploring nature’s new sights and smells.
I would have seen glimpses of momma and her fawns had my office stayed where it had been but I would have missed seeing differently. I would have missed the joy of opening my wings.