Not so long ago, I was steeped in a dark tunnel of transformation. I’d left my well-established, secure and wonderful life to become more of myself, reclaim my own voice, cultivate congruency within. It was a painful, confusing, challenging time that I wasn’t always sure I would live through. But I did, and though it took four years, I emerged out the other side, more of the woman I was before I’d entered the experience, and forever changed for it.
One of the most valuable pieces of wisdom, imparted through the writings of now-departed Stephen Covey, was in his book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. He shared of his concept of dual circles — that of our Circle of Concern, which necessarily included matters outside our influence but that affected us anyhow — past events, politics, other peoples’ business, world events, etc. — and more relevantly, our Circle of Influence. It is here we have direct control over our personal selves and individual lives, of those close-in and those over whom we have a measure of control (I know, a strong illusion!).
It is here I choose to live, and offer it up as wisdom for us all. We are living in a time where we are BOMBARDED with the daily deluge and trivial, the dramatic and the extreme. Every moment that arrives we can ask ourselves, Is this something over which I have influence / Can I do something this? Or is it not in my area of interest but only mildly affecting me emotionally?
I find today the teachings as relevant as before. It helps me to not live in a day filled with reactive chaos, but intentional, deliberate focus. It helps me to stay my course of advocating for animals in my writing (shamelessly, I share my website, at Wildsight.co), and gives me more joy and energy to pour into my work and relationships. Staying in my own circle of influence is a matter of directing my energy into that which I find most important in my short time here on this little planet earth.
Blessings and peace for all as we go about finding our own Circle of Influence,Browse Front PageShare Your Idea
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