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Releasing Disappointment and Befriending Time

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February 7, 2021
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January 16, 2021

At some point in just about every course I've led over the past 15 years, I have had to give the Time Talk.

This is where I talk about how long it used to take people to get from New York to California. For a large group of people it could take months. They'd have to bring carriages of food, people would get sick and die, people would be born along the way! It would take so long it could be an entirely different group of people by the time they got to their destination.

Now you can get from New York to LA in a matter of hours sitting in a comfy chair eating graham crackers and it's completely changed our sense of time.

The entire tone of life has been rapidly accelerated and it's created an underlying expectation that everything should happen fast. Many things should and do happen fast, yet there are things that also take a long time. That's what you have in the world of duality that we are working in.

We can be notified about nearly anything instantly, from where a package is to what our friends are doing. It's great for being able to choose and create your schedule and maximize your time on this planet. Not everything we do operates on this speedy timeline though.

Where it goes sideways is when we apply that expectation of instant satisfaction to the things that take longer to do or complete, especially when developing ourselves as humans and leaders.

We can learn a skill or technique in a moment, yet integrating it and mastering it can take decades.

Transformation happens in an instant, and yet it still takes some time for those transformations to resolve into our lives.

This can lead to disappointment, the feeling you get when you and the things you want are in the wrong place at the wrong time. It's a missed appointment between you and your goal. This experience can rob us of our ability to choose our next best step if we linger on how our expectations didn't match up with reality.

It takes a great amount of courage to be present with time in a way that allows things to come in their own season, which is often not attuned to the hyper-speed world that we spend so much time in.

As soon as we relax into that presence we often find more ease in moving towards what we want and experience the journey that occurs before the destination.

Being in the now doesn't mean everything should happen now.

Being in the now means being okay with things that take time.

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