I was blessed to listen to Paula Cole last night. She’s touring as her This Fire album is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Wow. Hard to believe that!
I’m listening to her songs, reliving my young life as I first heard her songs, felt her inspiration and angst, and moved through the challenges of finding my way in the world. I felt especially fortunate to be sitting outside on a summer night, where the sun met the earth, and the cool breeze swayed with me and the music.
Summertime brings a unique energy of playfulness, longing and desire for outdoor time and connection with friends and family, doesn’t it? It also brings the stress of juggling client responsibilities with the limited long days of freedom and frolic.
How well do you juggle? What I’ve come to realize is that so much of what I struggle with is my own desire to please everyone, to achieve everything, and to keep all the balls in the air. Paula Cole singing Me last night was a gentle nudge to pause, reflect and breathe. In that moment, my freedom was beyond measure.
Today I paused again, to greet my “monsters” and send them along the path with a nice deep breath. Where are your monsters stopping you?