Have you ever seen a butterfly work its way out of a cocoon?
Or a baby chick peck its way out of an egg?
It’s painful to watch, especially if you feel you should be doing something to help it.
If you “help” it out of the cocoon, it will die.
It’s a process that each butterfly must go through in order to thrive. It is the process of getting out of the cocoon that builds the strength they will need to fly.
I’ve been feeling that way lately.
I’m one of those people that usually move at a pretty fast clip. No time to waste. For instance, as much as I love the benefits of yoga, I struggle with the idea that I should be doing something more….productive.
I’ve been “white knuckling” it for quite some time now, holding on for dear life and moving as fast as possible toward something I thought I wanted. The harder I tried to figure out the answers, the more elusive they became.
For January, I gave myself the gift of backing away from that crazy ride and creating some mental and physical space. I’ve been cleaning out old files, my closet, the attic, my office. Allowing myself to do things I would normally think are unproductive in order to let some light in.
And it’s working.
So I’m trusting this process of cocooning, of knowing that I am not “doing nothing” but am shifting, morphing, and building the strength I will need to thrive.
How do you create mental space so ideas can percolate in the background?