The Energizer

Resilient Insights for Work & Life

Walk Too Fast. You’ll Miss What’s at Your Feet

by Eileen McDargh, Chief Energy Officer - Monday, December 17, 2018
Featured Image

Cajas National Park is a high-altitude area west of Cuenca, Ecuador. It’s known for trails through evergreen cloud forests and hundreds of lakes. It’s also home to a rich variety of wildlife including Andean condors, giant hummingbirds and raccoon-like coatis—none of which we saw in our last hike before returning to California.

In fact, our little band of explorers kept looking outward to the sky or into the forests, moving quickly along a trail. Maybe because I was the shortest of our group, my gaze seemed to fall downward. It was also imperative as I often can move too fast and end up sliding down an embankment or doing a face plant.

But in the Cajas, Mother Nature decided to give me a lesson and reward me for looking down.There, hidden among the foliage was the tiniest yellow/red blossom – a Sarazhima flower. Apparently, the bud never opens but just bobs it’s balloon-like head in the winds that cross the Cajas.  Further inspection in a forest revealed a carpet of green-on-green grasses that looked more like starbursts. I called to my buddies to come see what a slow pace and a ground-focused gaze brought.

The more I pondered these tiny plants, the more an insight appeared. How often do I (perhaps you) look outward to “the goal”, keeping count of how far I have to go and focusing on the outcome? What do I miss by not slowing down, by not taking stock of what is in my present moment?

As we approach the holiday with all its busyness, I want to be conscious of what is at my feet. The upcoming dinner and guests will arrive in due time. But right now, it is only what I see in the present that has true meaning.

What do you see right where you stand? What does this moment hold for you? It is the only one we own.

Share This Post

Like this post? Please share it!

< Back to All Posts


Eileen McDargh Keynote Speaker Blog Author

About Eileen!

Since beginning her consulting and training practice in 1980, Eileen has become noted for her ability to speak the truth with clarity, wisdom, humor and compassion. Long-standing clients and repeat engagements attest to her commitment to make a difference in minds, hearts and spirits of organizations and individuals. She draws upon practical business know-how, life's experiences and years of consulting to major national and international organizations that have ranged from global pharmaceuticals to the US Armed Forces, from health care associations to religious institutions. Executive Excellence magazine selected her as one of the top 100 thought leaders in leadership and among the top ten consultant providers of leadership development.

View all posts by Eileen

Subscribe to My Blog!

Like My Blog?

Please share it!

Recents Posts




Women John Havlik Sexual Harassment Radical Resiliency Aging Gifts From The Mountain Optimism Mark Scharenbroich Ecotourism Disrupt cancer Relationships Back To School stuck Speaking Suddenly Single Environtment Multi-tasking Writing Hurricane Harvey Road Trip Seder Eve Building Resilience Empathy Branding Postive Work Environment teams Children Kindness women in leadership Climate Change Fun Work Environment Idea work life balance goals Mother's Day Sustainability Adventure Arlington Cemetary resiliency Family Labor Day Girls U.S.A.A. Option B servant leadership love Your Resiliency GPS USAA Yoga Travel Education Loss Thanksgiving Leaders Open Doors Book Voting More Fun at Work Office Celebrations Leadership Skills Sales conscience customer service Divorce Technology creativity Sheryl Sandberg e-mail Politics Networking Stress St. Patrick's Day The Last Jedi Change Adam Grant Book Reviews Humor Honoring Veterans Nursing Happiness Reshaping the Brain angels Hurricane Irma employees Memorial Day WASP Vacation Humanity waiting Interview Communication Career Advice Positive Brain Repatterning Bullying New Year resolutions LGBTQ Tornadoes in Texas earthquakes Survive Guns Strangers Soft Skills Energy Dogs coaching Superbowl Intentions gratitude Corporate Culture Trust Depression Persuasion employee retention Spelling Bee Talk Ain't Cheap Book Learned Optimism Diversity Charity Social Media Christmas Energizing resilience Walk For Hunger preresilience Twas The Night Before Christmas Henry VIII Disruption Employee Attitude Personal Responsibility holidays Boston Marathon Adaptability resilient leaders Meetings Burnout Siblings ecology Motivating Others civil discourse Vegan Deloitte Bill Treasurer Engaged Workers Emotional Intelligence Jewish Energizing Others Feedback Content Generation Patriots resilient organizations Alzheimer's John Blumberg Listening