“There’s a world of difference between insisting on someone’s doing something and establishing an atmosphere in which that person can grow into wanting to do it.”
Establishing an atmosphere.
If you live in the DC area like me, you’ll be surrounded by snow as you read this. It always amazes me to look around at the world covered with snow and to notice how instantaneously the way the world around us shifts and changes…us on the other hand, unlike our world when one adds snow, we simply do not change overnight in general.
I stumbled across the above quote this past week and it struck me how applicable Mr. Rogers words were…not only to those people in our lives, but also to our own lives.
How often do we insist upon change in ourselves and in those around us? We demand it, we give ourselves timelines and time limits. We judge ourselves and others when said changes do not come to fruition, when they have not been fulfilled, or when they fall by the wayside.
But I wonder how it might feel in our lives if, instead of insisting and requiring change in ourselves and others, we instead focus on establishing an atmosphere that is conducive to such change. Perhaps we look at the changes we want to establish or encourage with a little more love, gentleness, and insight into what will really help us and others with said changes. How would it feel if we soften a little more toward ourselves and those around us, so we have less of the feeling of judgment for ourselves and others and instead begin to create a space, a life that feels safer, kinder, and more loving to ourselves and others.
Change is important, it’s necessary, it’s good. But equally important is establishing an atmosphere in which we, and those around us can grow into wanting that change.
I hope you have an amazing week, my friends. Stay warm!
Hi, I'm Krista!
Krista Mason is a yoga and fitness instructor based in Washington DC. She owns an online studio and loves it!