Introduction from Alana:
Back in March 2016, I introduced you to my dear friend, Cynthia Kyriazis. She is the President of Productivity Partners, Inc. through which she coaches, trains and consults with employees on how to navigate their time in this 24/7 world. She is also the author of Amazon Best Seller, Get Organized. Get Focused. Get Moving. You can learn more about Cynthia and her work at www.ProPartnersInc.com or her blog MoveYourMindset.Wordpress.com. In the meantime, below is a fabulous bit of advice that she offers to the CLC Community. Welcome back, Cynthia Kyriazis!
Guest blog by Cynthia Kyriazis
My local church once had a priest who served our parish and has since become a Bishop in our faith. His mission work and Diocese are located in Kenya. He recently came back to visit us and raise money for his community’s many needs.
He is a natural storyteller and we were privileged to hear about a recent experience. The story was about the power of standing still. I’m paraphrasing, but it went something like this…
He was visiting a community where the church that stood on the grounds was so poorly constructed it was falling down. So the service was held outside under a tent. During the service a group of bees came out of the jungle and began flying around the altar.
The Bishop began trying to swat the bees away and looked over at the assisting priest. ‘Stand still’ said the priest.
More bees came and the Bishop continued to try and move them away. And again, the priest told the Bishop ‘please…stand still.’
Yet more bees arrived and the Bishop continued fanning his arms. The priest finally said, ‘Your Grace, I’ve asked you to stand still. The more you move the more you aggravate the bees and the likelihood of getting stung. So please. Stand. Still.’
Eventually the bees left and as far as I know, no one got stung. The Bishop commented on what a lesson it was for him to stand in his own stillness and silence and actually hear his thoughts trying to figure out what to do…and mostly what not to do.
The whole story made me feel like it was a metaphor for our 24/7, always-on, time deprived lives.
Do you ever just ‘stand still’ and listen to your own thoughts? Are those thoughts different than the types of thoughts racing around your head all day long? Do these ‘standing still’ thoughts help you think about what to do…and more importantly give you the time to consider what not to do…to live the life you want?
When is the last time you stood still and just listened? With a busy time of year right around the corner, it might be something to try. Heck, it’s something to try even if it isn’t a busy time of year.