“Stand in the center of the circle and let all things take
their course.” Lao Tsu
Perfect concept on the heels of just yesterday resigning as
general manager of the universe.
At 6:30 AM this prompted me to turn off my alarm and wake up
when my body wanted to. The sore
throat propelled me to the center of my own circle of self care. Not setting the alarm for any specific
time just “later than Now,” didn’t matter. I just let things take their course. Turns out I folded myself into a mighty
inventive, productive and engaging day.
And felt pretty good in spite of a rough start.
My friend, Grady, posted his new favorite quote on
Facebook. From B.J. Bedform I’m
blessed with, “I kept myself calm by making sure I didn’t concentrate on anything
I couldn’t control.” B.J. was an
Olympic swimmer in 2000. These
words apply wonderfully well to my Olympic Experience in being in business for
myself. The competition feels
Olympic to me, most days. This
concept puts me right in the center of my own good brain and heart. The only two realms in the entire
universe over which I exert control.
Looking out, through the ballast that cushions me while I’m
standing in the center of this metaphorical circle, I’m protected from the
swish and swoosh of perilous waters, blowing winds and drama, fabricated or
pressing, of any kind. This is a
center stage I could get used to.