Keeping it easy with a clear vision

We had just finished filming a shot for the television segment and wanted to capture some different views. I called our contact and asked for more action shots. I wanted b-roll of action, not just students in a classroom. As we briefly talked, I sensed a divide between us.

Then I realized what it was; she didn’t know what I wanted to do. So then I explained that the segment will have the interviewer speaking and then have different videos appear throughout the interview. This will make the segment visually engaging as well as informative. Ideally, it will encourage parents and students to learn more about the program. “Oh, now I understand” she said and immediately had some ideas that fit perfectly.

As I concluded the call, I realized a few important things. The power of a clear vision and being able to articulate it clearly. Personally, I know I can have a vision of what I want, but often articulating it clearly is a challenge. I don’t like to box myself into a certain “thing”. I like to have options so at times I can be a little indecisive. Yet, when I know exactly what I want and can communicate that clearly, everything just falls into place.

It surely makes life easier for all the people I need to work with to achieve a goal as well as makes my life easier as I know what I’m going for. Now here’s the fun part, taking it to a new level. How much different would my life be if I communicated my soulful, heartfelt vision with clarity and ease when I prayed? If the physical can become that much better, how much better can the spiritual?

Hmmm….I have a list of goals to accomplish, I’m going to revisit them from my heart and with clarity. Whether it’s in prayer, to a friend, or someone I just met, I’m going to truly feel what I want and be able to communicate that vision clearly. What fun!

Into the Silence

As I sat there by candlelight in my bedroom, the message came through loud and clear. This stuff really works I mused to myself!! As time as gone on, I’ve drifted away from those silent moments only to find myself running to catch up. Chasing everything all at once and not gaining much in the process.

I’m not a still person. I like to do, to accomplish; you’ll find me running, biking, cleaning, writing, taking pictures, etc. If I sit still for too long, I’ll be asleep in a few minutes. I never understood the power of sitting in the silence till this year.

The silence, that space where your mind is clear and you’re open to hear is where all the answers are. I’ve written some of my best work directly from that silence, I’ve solved problems at work, gained direction, and the like. It’s contrary to what we normally want to do. Emphasis on the word “do”.

We tend to think we have to do something to get something else. That is often the case, but we miss the point about being quiet first. It’s like going on a trip without planning it first. We can begin to book airfare, hotel, and car, but if you don’t know what you want to do then it’s going to be difficult.

Going into the silence gives us direction, insight into the path to take for most fulfillment.  Ever had someone ask you for directions and as you explained you could tell they weren’t even listening?

Often our lives can be like that. We want direction, we want answers, but we aren’t willing to stop and listen. In the silence is where the answers lie. If you’re like me, being still and quiet often leads to snoring…….So taking 10 minutes to just be quiet and listen is a challenge. But once you get the hang of it, it’s amazing.

There are many ways people get there, but for me it’s just moments of being still and quiet without distractions.  A set space is often good to establish the habit, but you can be silent anywhere if you can find a place without distractions.

An interesting side note that I’ve experienced. Taking time into the silence on a regular basis helps keep me calmer and I pay more attention to during the day. It’s like I’m tuned to the right channel and everything is clear.

Accepting What You’ve Asked For

Scratch, scratch, scratch….I look over from the kitchen sink and it’s Edmund, my cat. He’s sitting on his hind legs, both front feet on the sliding glass door, pawing away and looking over at me. It’s his way of saying “let me out”.  When he wants out, the pawing frequency increases and he becomes very vocal. Some days it’s “please, can I go outside” and other days it’s “let me outside now!!”

So I open the door, he looks out, and then turns back into the kitchen. All of that commotion and he didn’t even go outside! If you have cats, you know this is normal behavior……Fine, I go back to washing the dishes.

A few minutes later, the same scenario happens; more pawing on the door and more meowing. I open the door and he just sits there and looks outside. I try to shove him out, but he won’t go. Okay, that’s twice…..

Not 5 minutes later, the pawing and let me out mantra continues. This time I tell him “I’ve opened the door twice for you and you didn’t go. I’m not opening it again”. He quietly stops and walks away. Yeah right! This is a cat not a dog….. The pawing and meowing become more demanding!

Fine, I’ll open the door and…nope. He doesn’t go, will not go, and when I try to push him out he digs in and becomes this impossible to move dead weight. Ughhh…why do you ask for something and not take it when it comes?

These antics continue till and finally, at his timing, he runs out the door. If I’m really impatient with him, I’ll pick him up and just toss him out. You should see the look of surprise when that happens. “You’ve been begging for this, here it is, now go get it!”

Every time this happens, I have to wonder if I do the same thing. Do I pray please give me (fill in the blank) and when it appears, say no thanks, I’m afraid, or for whatever reason don’t accept it? Then after it disappears, I realize what just happened.

Crap, I missed out! Please bring that to me again, this time I’ll use it. It is given and again I don’t take it.

Doesn’t make sense does it?  I know when I’m dealing with Edmund, it gets really annoying to answer his requests and have him not accept it. At times I’ll just ignore him because he’s asked several times and he won’t accept it.  What’s the point of granting your request if you’re not going to use it?

Definitely makes me pay more attention. Currently, I have a few open requests. I’m going to make sure when they appear that I graciously accept them right away.