Heather has used his analogy a number of times when we have enjoyed a smorgasbord of information and new learning. She has told us to “put it in the fridge” just like when you get fresh milk you put it in the fridge to wait for the cream to rise to the top.
I have been reminded of this recently. After sitting with and processing a number of issues, the gifts from the “issues” began to come forth. Thicker and faster and I ended up in quite a deluge of emotions, ideas, revelations, questions and answers.
Where do I start? I was asking myself. Like a kid in a candy store, I wanted to try everything right away. But I was confused too, not knowing where I should begin with this new information. Should I do things methodically? Or as they come up? So many questions.
When we are desperate to see change, it is easy to get just as bogged down by the answers we discover. So instead of feeling like we should “have it all together now” as the revelations are presented, take some time, make a cup of peppermint tea, and wait for the milk to settle in the fridge overnight.
Given time, parts of the revelations will rise to the top, and there begins our new focal point. Patience is a virtue, being gentle with yourself is key, but putting the milk in the fridge is vital.