This year’s Northern California Wine Country grape and fruit harvest has been amazingly abundant. From Spring through Fall, when the cold sets in, it’s a juggling act: coaching practice, volunteer activities as well as putting on my “Farmer Hat” growing and harvesting tomatoes, luscious peaches, juicy grapes, figs and other produce (Mother Nature doesn’t use Outlook Calendar for Her business!). One morning as I was feeling the tension of too much to do, I picked up an article interviewing the poet, Nikki Giovanni and read “A lot of people resist transition and therefore never allow themselves to enjoy who they are.”
Nikki’s message tells us that if we want our lives to unfold as positively as possible, we can get ourselves back into action by being in the present and acknowledging the good qualities we already have. She challenges each of us to STOP and appreciate the fruits of our personal harvest as we go through our lives. This new starting place can create the energy to begin taking small, incremental steps towards the changes that we want for our future.
In my coaching practice and through my research, I’ve learned that introspection is the first step to successful life changes and transitions. Introspection leads us to savor the juicy grapes we already have that will give us the energy to keep moving forward. If you truly desire a change in some part of your life, take a look at the following questions and start your own introspective process Starting Now!
- How do I stop and acknowledge who I am becoming as a person as well as experiencing gratitude for the qualities I value and already have present in my life?
- How do I acknowledge the steps I’m taking each day that are sustaining me as well as moving me a step forward toward my life vision for tomorrow and the years ahead?
- How can I build this introspection into a daily practice in my life?
- Who can I ask to support me in keeping this practice that will keep me in positive action?
So before you get back to your “to do list” take a few moments to get back into the present, to find the juicy grapes and Savor Your Harvest.
SAVOR YOUR HARVEST! It’s a choice!
If this has raised some bigger questions about how you can leverage your current life circumstances to experience more energy and build a more positive outlook about your future, you are welcome to have a conversation with Mary by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.