“It requires so much energy to figure out the next move that I often make the mistake of taking the planted foot for granted.”
David L. Odom
Good morning, friends! How was your weekend? I ask that knowing not everyone gets a traditional weekend, but I do hope you got some good rest sometime in the past week. A new week begins, so let’s get to it!
Have you ever had a dream? Has a wonderful idea ever come into your mind so powerfully that you could feel it morphing into plans? Sure, we all have. Whether it’s for life or work or health or something else our minds open up to us opportunities that extend us. And at those moments we are presented with possibility of change. For many of us change is so intimidating we beat those thoughts into submission. For others of us change is so confusing we fail and fumble a few times and eventually avoid it. And then there are the precious few among us who ride the waves of change crashing plenty of times but never letting go of the dream to ride a big one to the shore. Which one are you?
Mr. Odom’s image of change boils it down to the basic step, the moment of initial change. I’ll bet you know this moment very well. I need to reach out to someone. I’d like to exercise. Should I change jobs? Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. We typically find ourselves at the moment of change and are very cognizant of energy it took to clarify the idea, develop the plan, muster the resources and marshal the courage. And if the energy is right we are ready, very ready, to take that first step. But what of the back foot still on the ground? What of the base of stability to support the change? The great surfers have a tether that keeps them attached to their board in case of a crash. That way they can get up, paddle out, and ride again. One stable foot allows the moving foot to find its own stability before surrendering its own.
· With two stable life feet you’re safe to consider, imagine and dream.
· When you’re ready to risk change keep the back foot stable.
· When the moving foot finds a landing place make sure it’s stable before lifting the back foot.
Few times am I more mindful than when I hike. I love new trails, unknown places and risky hikes. I’m pretty good at it because I pay close attention to my feet. No front foot gets my full trust until I’m convinced it’s stable all on its own. Then I risk the back foot. Take your dreams from thoughts to movement and do so wisely and carefully. And have a wonderful week!