Go left young woman!

Today I started my day on the left foot – intentionally.

Prior to any foot leaving the bed, however, I read Seth Godin’s blog as I do most every morning. Seth is my go-to, daily-dose-of-business and making great art mentor. I also read Gary Hollander’s blog, which has become part of my morning ritual. Gary is providing a beautifully moving insight into love and loss as he poignantly writes about the life and death of Paul, his partner and husband of the last 30 years. Both men’s insights have been and especially this morning, provided the grounding to intentionally start my day on the left foot.

Instead of getting out on the right side of the bed, I got out on the left side with my left foot hitting the ground first. I was surprised at how physically different and tense I felt. My brain was frantically sending me the message of “wrong side, wrong side, mistake, mistake.” While at the same time there was almost a force field of comfort physically urging me to get out of bed like “I was supposed to do it.”

And the beauty dog was not about to be party to any of this left foot experimental malarkey.   As I tried to turn left with Chandler on our morning walk in opposition to our established pattern, Chandler refused because this is how we are supposed to take our morning walk. So right we went.

Despite my best efforts to change up my patterns in the pursuit of seeing or discovering something new, the dominant patterns persisted. My brain kept insisting “this is how you do it, get back in line, don’t make waves.”

In Seth Godin’s new book (which is an extraordinary read), It’s Your Turn, he introduces the idea that change creates tension and tension creates change. It’s the ability, as Seth says, to “liberate yourself from being right.”  Providing yourself with the freedom to be wrong, to test out what is uncomfortable, like going left instead of right.

In Seth’s change creates tension, tension creates change model, he points out that we each have the opportunity to be the individual who makes change. He says, “We seek the change that is interesting, the change for the better, and most of all, the change that connects us to someone else. This is the freedom to make change, and the willingness to seek out the tension it brings.”

Tomorrow I will continue to look for the opportunities to lead with my left foot. To find the tension that provides the freedom to take my turn. A tension that leads to meaningful and important change.