It was one of those mornings – too many agendas to handle. Then the nightmare many of you may have experienced: I was working on two emails simultaneously, one very brief; the second, a more complex one I had been working on for an hour. I sent the first, but the second disappeared. Just gone, nowhere to be found. This was a critical message I had lost, central to the project. I wasn’t about to recreate it. The chaotic feeling I had was: the project was out of control and I was out of control. Then, in the midst of my morning meditation, two things hit me: one, I was feeling out of control, AND lots of very good things were happening…without my control. The problem was not that things weren’t happening; it was that they were happening without me. This was a delicious insight.
In the Organization Workshop we posit a stand for when we are Top: to be a Top who, rather than sucking up responsibility to ourselves and away from others, creates responsibility in others. A fundamental shift in how we experience and express our topness. And then the question we explore is: What is the personal challenge of living from that Top stand; what do we have to give up, let go of, in order to live from that stand? And what do you suppose is the most frequent response? Control. Ego and control. Self-importance and control. Always control. There was humor and relief in this insight. The data were the same, only the experience had shifted. Good things were happening…and they were happening without me. What more could you ask for?