Emotional

We use the phrase
“emotional”
only when we display extreme degrees
of emotions.

It’s as if we don’t feel
emotions
at other times.

But
calmness
is an emotion.

Curiosity and wonder
are emotions.

The certainty
and confidence
or the uncertainty
and hesitation we feel
when making decisions
are
emotions.

Being Right vs Making Right

When
we disagree with someone
we can intend
to be right
by telling them
they’re wrong
or
we can intend
to make them right
by connecting their words
to a context in which
they’re right.

The option to do
either
is almost always
there.

May we ask ourselves
why we choose
one
over
the other.

Replaceable

There are leaders
under whom we feel
replaceable.

Not because they want us
replaced,
but because they focus
on whether we do well
or poorly.

Planting within us the idea
that our job
is to meet their
expectation.

There are also leaders
under whom we feel
needed.

Not only because they need us,
but because they tell us
vulnerably so
that
they need us.

That they cannot do this
by themselves.

That they need
our help.

Planting within us the idea
that our job
is to be
our best.


Thanks to Connie Chun
who inspired this post.

Fear of Jumping

What if
the fear we feel
at the end of a cliff
is less the fear
of falling
and more
that we will choose
to jump?

That the fear
comes less
from the actual danger
and more
from the lack of faith
in ourselves
to make the right
decision?

That we’ll be left
with nobody to blame
but ourselves?