From 50,000 feet

A few weeks ago a colleague kept using the phrase “from 50,000 feet”. Every time he said it, I nodded but over days and weeks I have really been HEARING it and trying to PRACTICE it.

What does that mean?

It means pulling back. Observing from a distance, letting be, and setting aside. It doesn’t mean not caring, it means right-sizing and scaling appropriately.

For example, I have spent so much of my career teaching that I naturally give a lot of detail or rationale. Yet not every situation requires that much information nor do most people even want it. What a relief! To think: if they want the info, they can ask for it, and I can provide it! I don’t necessarily need to anticipate the needs of people to whom I am speaking, in every scenario- just those in which I am *actually* teaching or parenting.

So, perhaps this will help you with as the start of fall brings intensity and change:

Does this issue require that much detailed thought or attention? In fact, is the detailed thought getting in the way and creating secondary issues?

Is the examination of fear or trying to understand your fear getting in the way of just  doing? What if instead of understanding the fear, or whatever other emotion is there, you just decided to move it out of the way?

Might you be giving too much weight to the actions/beliefs of others? What if you simply did what you needed to do for you?

What if the WHY of what you do matters and not so much the WHY NOT?

Is there a space in your life where you can just “l i g h t e n  u p?”

Sometimes “it is what it is” and that’s as deep as it needs to go.

What do you think?

Author: Heather Vaughan-Southard

HEATHER VAUGHAN-SOUTHARD is a connector. She uses somatic engagement and creativity to inspire change in people, perspectives, and practices within classrooms, therapy rooms, and boardrooms. She is a presenter in the fields of education, social-emotional learning, somatic practice, and the arts.

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