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Everything is Waiting for You

a deeper look at what the world around you is trying to say

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What if I told you that everything is waiting for you? Everything.

I listened to this podcast with the poet David Whyte last week, and I haven’t been able to quit thinking about it. It’s about the conversation we’re always having with the world around us. It reminded me about my practice of using metaphor to get to know myself (and my clients) better, but I’ll leave it to Mr. Whyte to explain:

Your great mistake is to act the drama
as if you were alone. As if life
were a progressive and cunning crime
with no witness to the tiny hidden
transgressions. To feel abandoned is to deny
the intimacy of your surroundings. Surely,
even you, at times, have felt the grand array;
the swelling presence, and the chorus, crowding
out your solo voice You must note
the way the soap dish enables you,
or the window latch grants you freedom.
Alertness is the hidden discipline of familiarity.
The stairs are your mentor of things
to come, the doors have always been there
to frighten you and invite you,
and the tiny speaker in the phone
is your dream-ladder to divinity.

Put down the weight of your aloneness and ease into
the conversation. The kettle is singing
even as it pours you a drink, the cooking pots
have left their arrogant aloofness and
seen the good in you at last. All the birds
and creatures of the world are unutterably
themselves. Everything is waiting for you.

– David Whyte from Everything is Waiting for You

“…the cooking pots have left their arrogant aloofness and seen the good in you at last.” I just love that. And the doors that frighten and invite… yep. It’s always both for me.

“Your great mistake is to act the drama as if you were alone.” This is it. The truth. We aren’t alone. You aren’t alone. Everything is waiting for us to notice and to connect with and to learn from.

My friend, Cameron, who has been ill for several months now, told me the other day about a tree in her back yard. She said she’s always hated this variegated, sickly part of this tree. But now that she really takes a closer look, she can appreciate the beauty of the tree in its wholeness, including the variegation. She realized that the tree is kind of like her. Yes, the sick part of her is the variegated part of the tree, the part she sometimes hates, and if she were to focus only on that… well, you can imagine how depressing that could be. But if she accepts that her illness is just part of the whole right now and remembers to view herself from a wider perspective, she can see the beauty in it all. The beauty that includes all of her, even the variegation.

Yes.

This is what I mean by using metaphor to understand ourselves better. It’s such a valuable tool. It’s the most valuable tool I have when doing Equus Coaching™ work. Throw a horse in the mix, and there are metaphors all over the place. 🙂

And what a wonderful way to start looking at the world… as if everything is waiting for you. You. Everything.

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