Hello from Switzerland! Did you know that alot of the valleys here are created by glaciers?
When glaciers fall apart they move and create these incredible pathways in a seemingly destructive way. It’s called scouring, disrupting the landscape and in doing so they leave incredible valleys!
Now in our own lives, be they professional or personal, we have so many of these moments. I like to think of them as glaciers. Once upon a time they were absolutely magnificent, pristine things that we loved and adored. Whether that’s a particular role, or a relationship, or an event that we remember.
Now, just as a glacier, when things falls apart we might be tempted to describe those moments as a failure. We spend a lot of our energy trying to keep that thing (our glacier!) together, trying to build it back up, trying to make it what it was. BUT – In doing so, we are missing out on the ability to look ahead and see what that glacier, that failure, as whatever it is is ‘destroyed’, we are missing out on seeing what the opportunity is as a result.
Have you ever failed?! What has been created for us in those moments?
Watch this week’s video (from the train in Switzerland) to discover how to harness the power of your glaciers…
My challenge for you this week is to:
- Consider – What are the glaciers in your life? What is it that you are focussing on holding together, holding on to?
- Acknowledge – That “sometimes good things have to fall apart for better things to come together” (love a little Marilyn Monroe quote!)
- Take a breath and be present – Look around and ask yourself those questions; What is here now? What has that ‘glacier’ now created an opportunity for?
It’s worthwhile noting, the great thing about glaciers is that they create a U shaped valley where there are plateaus. What that means is that villages can be built there and communities can be created there. But as long as we are focussing on the destruction, the failure and something that happened previously, then we are never going to spot those opportunities that will lead to our very own spectacular valleys!
And as always, if no one else tells you today, I am grateful for you! Thank you for letting me be a part of your day. I hope you find your valleys this week and beyond. Thank you for being a part of my world.
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