Ownership – The modern-day mother of all invitations!

Welcome to the latest wave of *Fika for Your Soul*!

I had the privilege of attending the climate strike in Stockholm a little while ago, organised by Fridays For Future. The week prior, youth had marched through the streets. A call had been made to parents and grown-ups to show their support. The result: 50,000 people showed up in Stockholm. Across the globe there were close to 3,000 registered events that day.

Climate Strike in Stockholm, September 2019.

As I watched the activists on stage facilitate performances and talks, I was reminded of what lies ahead of us all – uncomfortable choices and decisions. We have to decide what’s more important to us in many areas of our lives. Sometimes it will be an all or nothing decision, sometimes it may be a mix of yes and no. And that’s OK, as long as we take ownership and we’re clear about our motivation for making the decisions we make.

What these youth activists have achieved in such a short space of time is quite remarkable. And, of course, the tireless Greta Thunberg and her dedication and conviction. That said, although Greta has become the face of this movement, there are many more youth activists who have been active for years but have not yet been recognized by the greater public. Hopefully this recognition will come as this movement gains further momentum and traction.

Gotland, Sweden, 1983.

I found the picture above in a box at my parents’ house. It’s from a school trip in 9th grade. I was 15 years old. I’m struck by the innocence I see in it. I’m also very aware that in this picture I’m one year younger than Greta Thunberg was when she started her school strike for the climate.

On that note, circling back to…

Ownership.

Meaningful and long lasting change.

Uncomfortable choices and decisions.

There are bucket loads of them. Choices and decisions, I mean…

In 2013, I made a commitment to bring a different way of being (operating) into this world. At the time I had no idea what that would look like. I just felt a strong pull toward it. I referred to it then as ‘personal leadership’. It has since evolved into what I now call ‘soul leadership’.

Soul leadership is about owning our story, living our values, and showing up fully. It’s about being aware of our boundaries and what deeply motivates us, and making conscious decisions. (If any of this interests you, reach out for a chat!)

Up until now, my personal journey has been more inwardly focused. What I’m being made acutely aware of with the wave of youth activism is that we’re invited, grown-ups and youngsters alike, to take our personal leadership one step further. To show up fully, to take ownership, to lead from our soul.

A great author, Duane Elgin, talks about how humanity’s current evolutionary stage is that of ‘adolescence’. This makes me smile, AND, I observe how our reluctance as a species to take responsibility for our actions, and how we don’t want to be told that our paradigm and our choices aren’t necessarily the best, point to just that.

It feels like we’re on the precipice of something big. Cosmically and astrologically they say that we’re entering a time similar to the 60’s… No, I’m not necessarily pointing to free love, drugs, and rock’n roll, but to big societal change. 🙂

I am eternally grateful for the wave of uprising around the world. It’s time for us to be woken from our slumber (or is it a deeper sleep…?).

To me, taking ownership means leading from my soul. This can be challenging, but is equally freeing. I’m curious… How do you feel about ‘taking ownership’? What does it mean to you? What does it look like?

..from my soul to yours,

Maria


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*Fika for Your Soul* is about connecting with inspiration from everyday situations and conversations. It’s about discovery, reflection, leaning into, and stretching beyond…how we may see, understand, and express freedom, exploration, and leadership (among other things), all in the context of our daily lives. Fika (pronounced ‘Feka’) is Swedish and means taking a [coffee/tea] break.

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