I used the poem Start Close In by David Whyte (and named my business Close In Coaching) because the concept behind the poem of “starting with the first step” speaks to a simple but powerful strategy for living with ongoing and chronic health conditions. This can become a tool or a ritual to reset and recover – so you can move confidently into the next challenge or responsibility. A tool that, because our lives are constantly in flux, never gets dull.
Do you sometimes let drama and confusion shackle with your forward movement, corrupt your choices, and/or leave you stuck not knowing what to do next? Consider:
Start close in, don't take the second step or the third, start with the first thing close in, the step you don't want to take. full poem by David Whyte
This is about starting where you are right now. Not where you were. Not where you think you are. Where you actually are! THAT may be the step you don’t want to take.
The close in step is knowing where you are right now. Slow your thoughts and your life down enough to look under the reflection on the surface and to the bottom of the stream of your life. Ask yourself “what is true now?”. And keep asking until you hear your truth. Learn to deeply recognize your current reality and trust the next steps that reveal themselves to you. (Okay, maybe that’s a lot of little steps – but you know what I mean 😉
Then you’ll know what the next first step is.
Repeat as needed. Let me know how that goes… ~Z