Over the past few weeks, a short story from Lydia Davis’s book, “Can’t and Won’t” has taken root in my life. Its poetry and wisdom have felt like a perfect fit for so many conversations, meetings, coaching sessions, and workshops. Here it is:
My Footsteps, by Lydia Davis
I see myself from the back, walking. There are circles of both light and shadow around each of my footsteps. I know that with each step I can no go farther and faster than ever before, so of course I want to spring forward and run. But I am told that I must pause at each step, letting my foot rest on the ground for a moment, if I want it to develop its full power and reach, before taking the next.
What do you think? What pops up for you as you read that?
What I love about it today – it seems I latch on to something different each time I read it – is the reminder of the power of presence. Let your foot rest on the ground for a moment, even when you feel the itch to spring forward. Find the top of each inhale and the bottom of each exhale, even when your lungs beg to call out.