Start With What’s Not Working…


Caption: My perfect & practical Conference Bag, made in Rwanda…

Currently sitting in the lobby of the Hyatt in New Orleans, LA. I am at a conference called A Gathering of Leaders (#AGoL15), which has been an incredible space to learn, be vulnerable, ask and answer tough questions and to share!

I had to switch out my bags because the other bag that I had, for all intents and purposes, was not practical. It was big and bulky, and it was designed for travel. Anytime I needed to look for something, I had to pull out everything. For the first two days of the conference it was a H.A.M.

This morning when I woke up, I had to ask, “what is not working?” and decided instead to carry my much smaller African Print, shopping bag. The essentials included by wallet, a 1 subject notebook, writing utensils, my laptop, and a sweater. My travel bag is PERFECT for just that travel – on the airplane, on road trips and it doesn’t really work for me outside of that context.

On the bed were all those things I determined WERE NOT essential, which included my Day Designer. I’ve decided that even that is too big and bulky, and although it has been a nice tool, it no longer fits in with the things that I need to carry on a daily basis.

How often do we continue to do things because we spent money, or because at one point it worked for us?

As dreamers and believers, we can get so caught up in what we need to do, what’s working and what we want to do, that the things that we don’t want to do, what’s not working and what we don’t want to do hover in the background. We feel frustrated, exhausted, resentful and sometimes we can’t pinpoint where it’s coming from.

I’ve determined that sometimes we have to start with WHAT’S NOT WORKING in order to have a real breakthrough to make things easier for ourselves and sometimes, what’s not working at one point did work, and we cannot allow ourselves to feel guilty if it stops working.

I hope this has been helpful?!

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