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Fight or flow
To go against or with what is.
I had the privilege to meet a fellow Sunday Spark reader this week virtually. It was such a treat for me.
It brought something to the surface that we tend to forget. Everything we do, intentionally or unintentionally, has an impact and creates a ripple in the web of life. To lend a hand, offer a supportive comment, and even write weekly.
These little acts, done consistently, find their way around. We tend to forget about them because it’s easier to believe only what we see. But fear not; you matter, are valuable, and have an impact. Choose wisely!
Thank you, Christianne, for the opportunity to get to know you. And to everyone who reads this, please reach out, ask questions, offer comments, or even just say hi 👋. I always enjoy hearing from and connecting with all of you.
There are two ways we can get what we want.
We can fight for it, a common choice in business and organization culture, also sometimes referred to as hustling.
The fight option gets the job done, with a few downsides.
It's energy-intensive; it slowly depletes our ability to continue showing up.
It quickly clouds our judgement and ability to see any other possibility—we lose ourselves.
It distances us from people who do not see our way.
It slowly degrades our ability to be ourselves, appreciate and enjoy what we do.
Fighting serves the purpose of the system itself. It pegs us against each other; it teaches us that happiness and making it are scarce resources we can only get if we fight for them.
Another way is flow. Flow is using the existing momentum and directionality of things to our advantage, turning challenges into opportunities, and leveraging existing forces and energy, so we don't have to fight inertia.
Flow leaves us feeling energized. It teaches us that we can choose to make the best of what we are presented with at every moment. While not always easy, it’s certainly more fulfilling.
Flow is around us all the time. When we tap into it, it's abundant and unlimited.
We can turn the loss of a job into a new career focus. The failure of a project into an inception idea for a new one. The transformation of a mistake into a learning opportunity. A setback in our lives into a reflection of what we truly want.
There's always a choice. When a door closes, look for a window.
Or you can always choose to break down the door; the choice is yours.
Sparknotion — Think Differently.