In this blog I am going to write on the topic: The Power of Working With What Is Here.
Why is that a power you might ask? Well, look at your life, and ask yourself, where do I have power to change anything? You cannot change anything in the past. It is done. You cannot change anything in the future, because it will never come. The only place where you have a direct power to intervene is HERE – this moment. And if you are able to change who are in this moment, naturally your future will follow suit and accordingly your past will change.
Hence, it is interesting to see the focus in our current society of going somewhere – somewhere, anywhere but here. Because our success/happiness/growth will apparently be over there. And thus, we lean forward, and lose our composure and balance, because we are aiming for something that is not really here – and this process – we lose ourselves and our access to power.
I recently watched a Netflix show called Chefs table about a chef that was specialized in whole hog barbecue. He was introduced into the business by his father that ran a small rural barbecue – and he started working a lot already from a young age. This bothered him, because unlike his classmates, he did not have as much leisure time – he was instead required to work. When he graduated from high school and busy celebrating his achievement one of his more nasty classmates told him that ‘he had nothing to be happy about because all he was ever going to do was to remain in the town and barbecue pigs’. This upset him a lot – however – what this spiteful classmate did not realize was that the work, barbecuing, would become the chefs ticket to a better life and a way for him to share his talents with others.
The chef pushed himself to learn everything about his fathers business, and one day, his father got a stroke, and the chef had to step in for the first time and take the role of the manager. He made some changes to the business structure, and suddenly, more money started coming in. He kept on working on his trade, and after some years, he had become widely known because he was now one of the few the state that had mastered the skill of being able to barbecue whole hogs. His reputation spread and after a while he become invited to start a barbecue resturant in a bigger city. He agreed to the proposal and thus started the next part of his journey.
And what did this chef do? Even though he did not have much resources to work with, even though his family was poor and he had no higher education; he did made use of what he did have and he pushed himself to develop and achieve where he was at – and that in turn generated connections/skills to moved him to the next level. And that is the power of working with what is already HERE instead of imagining working on things that are not here. Build on what you have instead of building imaginary castles of sand.
And if you feel stuck where you are at – start with looking at how much you are actually working HERE to make difference for yourself compared to how time you are spending feeling like shit and imagining a better future. All things of value take time to create, and that time is only available to you HERE, so make the best of what you got – and doors will open.
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