As you know, I talk a fair amount about having barometers in your life. These are the personal measuring sticks that help you gauge your actions and decisions against what you believe and hold true.
I have my own barometers – several, in fact. They’re my system of checks and balances that I employ in most areas of my life, especially my writing.
I wrote a piece last week that was a reflection of an experience I had personally had on Facebook. I refrained from blaming, naming or sharing anyone else’s story, as that had no bearing in what I needed to write and explore. (Plus that kind of writing is definitely out of whack with my barometers!). I’m glad I wrote the piece, and I believe in what I wrote (I’ve read it many times since). I still hesitated to share it, though, and I needed to figure out why.
So, I went to my barometers. I measured what I wrote against my values and beliefs, and it was fine. I measured it against my truth, and it was fine. I measured it against other barometers I use that involve ego and authenticity, and it was still fine. And yet, I hesitated…
What this has led me to understand is that it wasn’t about the piece, but instead it was about my recognizing that it was time for some maintenance on my barometers.
Like everything else in life, our barometers require attention and adjustment every now and then. They need their regular tune-ups in order to be most effective, and more so for us to know we can rely on them 100%.
My hesitation brought my awareness to them, which is what was needed at the time. It took me a few days to realize this, and even more time to perform the maintenance and adjustments they now require. (In fact, that part is ongoing.)
So, this week I’ve shared with you the personal account of how hesitancy caused me to shift my focus and realize that I needed to revisit my barometers, which resulted in deeper understanding.
Doubt (or hesitancy, in this case) is a red flag on the side of the road saying “Take note.”
P.S. If you want to read the original piece – I posted it here.
April 24th, 2014 ·
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