Personal Leadership Series – FLY or FALL? Five Tools for Critical Times – Tool Number 5 By Jonette CrowleyBy
In this Personal Leadership Series, Jonette Crowley, author and principle of Enlightened Leadership Solutions, presents five tools to assist us in flying, rather than falling during critical times—times of chaos, confusion and conflict.
Following is Tool Number 5.
Number Five is Contribution. As you know, when you do something for someone else, it gets you out of your mess. The trouble is that when people perceive that times are hard, they stop doing for other people. They stop doing things with an open heart. They stop giving to charities. They stop contributing. Contribution spreads joy, and joy goes in all directions. If you’re worried, give. If you’re scared, do. If you’re paralyzed, act. If you like to sing, sing. Contribute, whatever it is. Contribute.
Critical times are only as critical as you think, and flying is much more fun than falling. Do you see how close they are, really? Falling and flying – neither of them have anything to stand on; both of them happen in mid air, both of them ultimately end on the ground. What’s the difference between falling and flying? Are you setting the direction or is gravity? That’s the difference. In flying you set the direction and because of it gravity waits. If you are not setting the direction in your life, gravity takes over.
Let’s talk about something else to help you be a better person: that is the whole idea of waiting. Sometimes waiting is perfect because the time isn’t now. Sometimes you wait for something different to come and save you. You wait for your kids to leave home. You wait for enough money for something. Please let waiting be your friend. Waiting is a wonderful thing when used correctly. If you want to do something, and there’s no flow, the answer isn’t to push and worry. It’s to look with your focus, your intuition, your self, and ask “Where is that flow?” There is always flow. Find it. It may not be going in the direction you thought it should. Finding the flow will help you wait when you should wait and act when you should act.
There are really two kinds of waiting. There is a passive waiting; waiting for someone else to do something. Passive waiting is dangerous because you’ve given up your energy, power and your initiative. Remember the difference between flying and falling? When you’re not actively setting the direction gravity takes over. Passive waiting is just asking for gravity to bring you to the ground. Active waiting is where waiting is a choice, not an excuse. Active waiting is using the stillness of life to easily get what you want. When you are blocked in something in your life, really look and see if you are somehow passively waiting or actively waiting.
So enjoy these times and all times!
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Jonette Crowley and the Enlightened Leadership Team