We used to have a small, two-seater airplane. Whether I had the stick or not I was always very present. I was looking for other planes, watching my altimeter and speed.
I’d also check to see if my wings were level, as I tend to lean to the right. My mate was more relaxed than me, as he’s the one with the airtime under his belt.
Some years back two commercial pilots lost their license to fly when they flew a commercial airbus 150 miles past their intended destination. How did that happen with all the technology they had aboard? What were they doing?
They were on their personal laptops and were brought back to awareness by a flight attendant!
I’m not going to go into a rant about integrity, although I can’t imagine being responsible for 150 people’s lives and checking out. But what I do want to point out is that these pilots were totally disconnected from their inner guidance and were literally somewhere else.
Is what they did outrageous? Well, in one perspective, yes. But I see so many entrepreneurs checking out like this all the time.
Are they flying a plane with other people aboard? No, but the impact can be more devastating. (Thankfully, nobody got hurt in the plane incident above.)
When you discover that you’re not being present in your role, mistakes happen that impact many people or cause you extreme pain. Communication snafus happen when you’re not listening or don’t take time to check in with your team or clients.
Most injuries occur from not being attentive to the task at hand.
Many years ago, I was hosting a dinner party and rushing to clean up so I could go to my then-boyfriend’s house. I slipped on my kitchen floor and broke my elbow so bad I had to have pins and screws put in it. I may have been in my kitchen when the accident happened, but my mind was miles away.
I know many parents who attend their children’s activities and aren’t really there. They’re talking on cell phones, thinking about what they have to do later that day, or complaining to the other parents about their busy schedule.
None of this is a crime; it’s just a way of living that doesn’t serve your heart or mind. It sells your soul. You live like a person who has been caught by the ocean’s current and is frantically swimming and not making progress.
Retreat from your mind. Come back to your breath. Slow down and choose how you want to feel, and be present to the choices you make throughout the day. All that you want to “get done” will get done smoother and faster when you keep your focus on what’s most important.
As Abraham-Hicks says, “Nothing is more important than you feeling good.” It never feels good to be in several places at once. Pick one!
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