I was talking to one of my clients today about how to take a moment of refection when your work is so fast paced you hardly have time to slow down. It’s hard to do, especially with high demands, social media that requires attention and of course the desire to do outstanding work. And then there is taking the time to reflect, when there is the in between space which researchers call liminalty.
Wikipedia describes limiality:
In anthropology, liminality (from the Latin word līmen, meaning “a threshold”) is the quality of ambiguity or disorientation that occurs in the middle stage of rituals, when participants no longer hold their pre-ritual status but have not yet begun the transition to the status they will hold when the ritual is complete.
There was an interesting article in Harvard Business, timely with the World Cup, about team Barca player Andres Inestia’s final game and how his reflection to make it count. They kept the stadium open for Inestia to have a final moment to himself. There is a poignancy of reflection that in observation, we can learn from as we run from goal to goal and transition to transition.
I remind clients to take stock of the smaller as well as the bigger moments so as to not forget that journey. There will be failures, successes and mishaps along the way, but if we are rushing we can forget to take a breath and to savor the moment, or to reflect.
Even though my days of being the only girl (all 98 pounds of me!) on the soccer teams of my youth are long gone, even I too got caught up in the moments of World Cup Fever and can appreciate the sport metaphor of mindful endings. There is something to learn by taking your foot off the gas for a moment, to take a few breaths and to reflect on how far you’ve come and where else you’d like to go!