Do you prefer the left or the right?

A photo on the left of a trail in the woods, sheltered by trees. The photo on the right is the wide open beach.

Which photo are you most drawn to?  Are you drawn to how the trees protect you on both sides in the photo on the left?  Or do you prefer the wide open space in the beach photo on the right?

This week my preference is to be protected in my happy bubble by those trees.  

But I love the freedom and the expansiveness of wide open spaces too.

Yup, this week I am betwixt and between.  I am not fully either of those things, and I surely need both of those things.  Let me explain.

I stepped out and participated in a couple of community events this week. The first was a community meeting to discuss the idea of The Whale Sanctuary Project choosing a location in Nova Scotia to build a sanctuary for six to eight Beluga whales who would be rescued from the entertainment industry and given a better home to live out the rest of their years. I was SO excited to go and listen to the presenters who came from California to share their passion for whales. But instead of feeling excited, I left that meeting feeling discouraged.

I was frustrated because there were a couple of people in the crowd who were loud, negative and rude to the guest presenters. I got so frustrated by one man’s behaviour that I actually asked him to stop talking and give other people in the room a chance to ask their questions. It wasn’t my finest display of patience. 

The guest presenter handled things like a pro. He was one of the most diplomatic people I’ve ever met. Instead of brushing the bully off, he said things like “every point of view needs to be heard, and every question is important.” I want to be more like him.

I went to another public event and listened to really discouraging comments from the crowd.  I read online comments (my bad) and witnessed the worst of humanity.  This week I kept encountering loud, negative and rude behaviour and it made me question why I leave the comfortable bubble of my life only to expose myself to things in this world that disappoint, anger and sadden me.  Enter all of the psychology and life teachings around that…  yes, got it.  Or obviously I don’t.  hahaha

So back to the photos.   

Do I want to stay in the bubble of my life that feels good, or am I ready to face the exposure of putting myself out there for things that I care about?

I haven’t got it all figured out, but here are some of the things I did to help navigate the way I am feeling this week.

The Untethered Soul

I got out a favourite book and re-read parts of it for inspiration. If you've not read anything by Michael A. Singer I highly recommend him. Click on the title to link to the book.

A long walk in the great outdoors

Nothing feels better to me than getting outside, especially on a blue sky day. Walking and laughing with a friend, breathing fresh air, getting some exercise... it helps ground me.

Watching Brene Brown on Netflix

I watched Brene Brown: the Call to Courage again on Netflix. It is SOOOOO inspiring, and exactly the thing for me right now. Click on the title to watch the trailer.

So where does this leave me?  Being human…  taking one day at a time.

I choose both photos.  

There are times when it’s important to surround ourselves with what is comfortable and to recharge our batteries…  and there are times to go out and risk being vulnerable, to brave the world and work on things that we deeply care about.

Learn more about The Whale Sanctuary Project.

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