25 Sep Blazing a Simpler Path
I have been in Northern Wisconsin for the last 10 days. The trip was unplanned – my grandfather had a stroke (thankfully, he is on his way to a full recovery). I spent my days toggling between cooking, dishes, emails, client projects, picking up & running errands to help him and my mother.
The work was never-ending. It was also weirdly therapeutic, almost monastic and there were a few things I was reminded of while away.
Life will get in the way of your plans. Carefully considered, well-organized plans go out the window when life stuff happens. And inevitably stuff happens. This means big plans sometimes get put on hold. Goals won’t always be met. Your path can change directions entirely with a phone call. Don’t hang onto those plans too tightly and be graceful when you need to let them go. Adaptability is necessary for a successful business and life.
Boundaries are essential. My depression era grandfather is set in his ways and his viewpoints. Viewpoints (and gender roles) that are vastly different than mine. Know what you are willing to do & how much you are willing to give before you walk into a situation and outcomes tend to be a lot better for all involved. Keep in mind, you are not allowed to resent others who create boundaries you failed to set (thanks to Brene Brown for this mantra!).
Simple is better. Life in at my grandfather’s lake house is simple. Entertainment is limited, routines are in place and the rhythm of nature takes over. One has to go searching for stress up there. I think it is natural to overcomplicate and overthink things – we want to make the problems in our life, our work, our business more important so in turn we feel more important (a sly move by the ego). But I am certain and my time in Wisconsin confirmed it, simple it better. The answer is always simpler than we think (or want it to be).
Until next time – here’s to blazing the simple, unexpected, determined path.