When the Current is Pulling You.


When I’m talking with friends or sometimes during coaching sessions, they’ll mention the “whispers” they get to do this or that; and I often hear the phrase, “I’m just following the breadcrumbs.”  

Personally for me, I just don’t see it that way anymore.

It feels more like a current pulling me one way or the other.  

What I mean by the current is basically just life moving through you.  

Pulling you to go this way or that way.
Pulling you to talk to this person or that person.
Pulling you to take a jump, the leap or a hurdle.

To the very next spot (or lily pad :)

It looks to me that when we try to fight the current, the nature of this pull; we often struggle, wrestling with what we think life should look like or what we should or shouldn’t do.

This shows up in our projects as well.

We often think that we know exactly what the answer is.  This to me is more often due to all of the conditioning we had as kids and young adults to...

Get the perfect answer
Say just the right thing
Act exactly like we are told (I’m pretty sure that’s why it’s called acting)

Versus letting ourselves or the project at hand unfold,

In magical ways we couldn’t have possibly foreseen

And then it just shows up FOR you.

You know the times when it looks obvious.

When you run into that exact person that was just on your mind yesterday
When your project takes a turn in what seems like the worst possible way, and then it suddenly flourishes.
When you have a question on your mind and the perfect book with the answer appears.

You might call these moments “luck” or “synchronicity” or the “law of attraction.”

I’ll leave you with a few questions to sit with if you’d like to explore further.  

The answers may seem obvious and as though we have no choice.  Just notice what comes up for you as you reflect on these questions, and the feeling behind the words.

  1. What about all the millions of not-so-obvious ways life is moving through me?

  2. What if I just ride the wave and all of the ripples along the way pull me?

  3. What would it be like if I let go of trying to determine where I’m headed next?

I’ll leave you now with the lyrics of the song “Ripple” by the Grateful Dead.

Enjoy the ripples, and this brand new day!


RIPPLE by the Grateful Dead:

If my words did glow with the gold of sunshine

And my tunes were played on the harp unstrung

Would you hear my voice come through the music

Would you hold it near as it were your own?

It's a hand-me-down, the thoughts are broken

Perhaps they're better left unsung

I don't know, don't really care

Let there be songs to fill the air

Ripple in still water

When there is no pebble tossed

Nor wind to blow

Reach out your hand if your cup be empty

If your cup is full may it be again

Let it be known there is a fountain

That was not made by the hands of men

There is a road, no simple highway

Between the dawn and the dark of night

And if you go no one may follow

That path is for your steps alone

Ripple in still water

When there is no pebble tossed

Nor wind to blow

You who choose to lead must follow

But if you fall you fall alone

If you should stand then who's to guide you?

If I knew the way I would take you home