As the winter months are deeply anchored, we often find ourselves spending more time indoors and in our homes. This may bring more solitude and time for contemplation and can be tough for some of us.
Themes that I often hear from clients at this time of year are: feeling more “down” than usual, a lack of energy and motivation, more tension than usual, feeling tired, feeling more emotional, and feeling increased irritability in relationships. I’m wondering if any of these resonate with you?
During this time, I'm finding myself turning to music and sound to fill in the gaps of winter stillness and bring a little warmth. Recently, I listened to a song titled “An invitation” by Rising Appalachia, a musical group that sings stories of hope, healing, and renewal. I needed some of this myself!
"Hey; It's been a long time coming and I don't want to wait no more...Don't be afraid to call on your fierceness...A Call to Action, A Call to Action..."
I found myself thinking about the word “ACTION”, when there is so much stillness at this time of year.
Although I love the idea of the message in the song, I questioned the reality of this for some of us and what it means to take action when we may be feeling tired, run down, and perhaps have challenges in our relationships that may get in the way of doing so.
Action is often seen of as something we DO.
It only takes a quick Google search to see photos of bright red push buttons that say “TAKE ACTION NOW”. There is an immediacy and “in your face” quality to the word; a certainty and assuredness. It’s more stuff to do in our lives.
This is not the action I envision for you right now. I’m wondering: What would it be like if we thought of taking action as something we intentionally choose not to do? Or maybe, a small mini step that will lead toward that bigger change you would like to see?
Taking action is a continuum; it’s not just something you do and then it’s done. I see it as a process.
So, my invitation to you is to use this time of year to think of what it is you want to take action toward…
Is there something that you have been thinking about for a while but just can’t bring yourself to do it? What would it be like to envision yourself taking just a small mini step toward that thing? What difference might this make for you?
Is taking action that tough conversation you have been wanting to have with your partner? Or maybe it’s acknowledging to yourself that some things need to shift? Or imagining what it may feel like to bring things up? Or not?
What about taking more time to do things that are important to you? Is there something you think you need to do for you or your relationships?
What if choosing to take action was to choose to spend more time reflecting and contemplating? Perhaps it’s slowly and deliberately deciding what may be best for you in these circumstances? Maybe it's un-doing?
What if choosing to take action was to choose to do nothing at a particular time?
Maybe it’s something else… I would love to be there to support you in your process.
If you feel called to take action in your life and seek support that may create meaningful and lasting change, I invite you to contact me to see how we can work toward what's important to you.