“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”
― Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
If you have been a business leader in any of the 'colonies' you undoubtedly have heard this quote to open or set the tone for meetings or even a conference. It is familiar way to prepare for the good and bad. The year 2021 is such a year. As the world spins in a fog of known uncertainty, the 'known unknowns, and unknowns knowns' set the tone for the new Spring of 2021 for many and I would like to suggest we take the Lead from Within.
The beauty of this moment, the beauty of this time is that as an a First Nation women I have never felt more settled or more secure. This belief, this feeling and this reality is because in the times of so called agreed public uncertainty, my cultural belief relives me. My Aboriginal philosophical and intellectual atheism comforts me.
As a First Nations person I know that systems of life, including every ray of sunshine, every drop of rain and every rush of air is working for the thriving of me as a human being, that the larger systems of life are operating to sustain me, working to insist that I thrive, to support my growth, my surviving and my thriving. I relax and surrender to the meaning of life, with full awareness that I am just a part of a larger life, relaxed in also knowing that I am not as important as the ocean, not as important as the sun, its not my job to keep life spinning and its is in that relief I acquiesce to the bigger notions of being and find comfort.
Leading your thoughts, your contribution, your giving with a connection internally of surrendering first allows my fear to subside granting me an ability to function peacefully without rush, havoc and fear. Pulling away the faux narrative of what causes us fear, and realizing we will be ok in the fullest manner allows me to remind others we have overcome much more than a virus as human beings, we have the ability to care and pivot and change to meet the changes. What is truly important is rarely found in consumption and acquisition, and ego of being more important is a falsehood created by ego in fear.
When there is no fear, spirit emerges, it seeks something else, it seeks connection, peace, simplicity, comfort in what is available for free, sunshine, swimming, walking, talking, laughing, singing and connection to living creature we call earth. Covid is a gift of slowing down a pathway that rarely serves our best selves. Covid allows us all to pause and re consider ourselves uninterrupted by urgency and movement. The gift of experiencing Covid collectively allows us to connect collectively.
Lead From Within - Lead From Knowing - Allow the experience of this ancient continent and my ancient peoples remind you that this too will pass, we will thrive, we will be ok, because we are supported by a life system that wants for nothing more than balance, simplicity, generous giving and our thriving. It is not a faith based position it is the reality of science, systems and life cycles much larger than fear based notion of what we do and who we are.
Act like water flow, sit in sunshine and be reminded of your true nature, which is to thrive like a tree, to soak in the energy of life. Let nature touch you, let it comfort you, make friends with a living environment and remind yourself you are made of stars. Lead From Within.