In 1969 passengers on the London Underground were warned for the first time to mind the gap between platform and train.
Mind the gap is also a helpful reminder to be mindful of what fills the space between stimulus and response/initiation.
This gap is also called choice.
A quality or characteristic of choice is freedom.
When we realise we already have this it’s like awakening to a new world.
Eckhart Tolle suggests all Humans possess a “painbody.” This is the part of our ego which wants to be hurt, upset, offended, uncomfortable, struggle. The painbody lies just beneath the surface of our lives, waiting to be poked to react.
Being aware of our painbody removes its power over us. Then we begin to notice the good things about ourselves, about others, and about our worlds: bright spots which inhabit each day and which can be replicated.
The gap is not fixed. We can grow the gap by being more mindful of who we are and what we can do, and also what we have as a species able to grow and grow. Everything we touch, then, and which touches us is a growing point for our lives. Because of our Human genius for this, we can even take failure and negative comments and use them as growing points. Here are a few things which fill the gap.
Name something you’re passionate about and love to do.
Name ten things which you have as resources every day without fail.
Name something you did for the first time in the last year.
(These are the tip of the tip of the iceberg.)
Time to travel to a new world. Time to initiate the future.
‘Now, more than ever, more of us have the freedom to care, the freedom to connect, the freedom to choose, the freedom to initiate, the freedom to do what matters. If we choose.’*
Freedom to make change. And the amazing thing is: you already have everything you need..
(*From Seth Godin’s It’s Your Turn. Alas, I cannot hyperlink this yet, as it’s not available in the UK beyond advance orders.)