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How I Got Hit with Abundance

Tim Peek
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January 14, 2016
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One of the defining moments of my life was the time I got hit by an SUV while riding my bicycle. One minute I was pedaling along on a perfect spring day with my wife; the next I was sprawled on the pavement, racked with pain and fighting for breath.

I spent weeks afterward looped on what seemed like every painkiller known to medicine. The pills dulled the pain, but twisted my brain into a classically bad trip.

In my mind, I was alone, under siege, and destitute. I couldn’t connect with the reality of being surrounded by people who cared for my every need, sitting in a comfortable home with money flowing into my bank account even though I wasn’t working. I had everything I could need and want, but I didn’t believe it.

This was my master class in how to create security.

First, I realized that security — that safe feeling that we have enough of everything, including time, money, love and energy — has nothing to do with the actual facts. I was getting the best of everything while I was recovering and yet was convinced I was only days away from living on the street.

And while you might say it was the drugs talking, that experience of mortal fear – of losing my job, of losing my marriage, of not having enough time to get things done – was actually common in my life up to that point. And my life up to that point had been a charmed one: a wealthy upbringing, great schooling, a solid marriage, and a prestigious job at the top of my profession.

And yet still, I lived in fear of losing all of that. (Come to Phoenix with me some time and I’ll show you the highway underpass I was certain I’d be living under as soon as the good times inevitably ended.)

Sometimes I’d catch myself and see the crazy disconnect between my actual life and what I feared would happen. And then I’d tell myself it was a good thing to not get too comfortable or else I’d lose my edge. (As Intel co-founder Andy Grove famously said “Only the paranoid survive.”)

How did I manage to block out reality and wallow in fear of scarcity? I did it by jumping past the current moment and into the future where all those bad things could happen. Never mind that in the now moment I was comfortable, loved and successful; by jumping to the future I could conjure up a thousand scenarios that would dissolve all of that.

The other thing I learned — in that moment between feeling the car hit my body and my body hitting the pavement — was security is not even a real thing. My feelings of safety and security were stories I told myself so I didn’t feel so scared. The reality is that there are no guarantees; life can change in an instant.

So given those two lessons: that security is a state of mind and that it has nothing to do with what is really going on around me, I realized I have a choice. I can choose whether to feel I have enough of everything. And if I focus on what is really happening in the now moment, at almost every instant I actually do have exactly what I need.

These days, I choose more and more often to stay in the now moment, appreciate what I’m actually experiencing, and to feel that is abundant. This, together with a bright orange helmet and flashing red bicycle light, have greatly improved my quality of life.

About the Author
Tim Peek

Tim Peek is the CLG coach who helps clients harness disruption and transition into powerful allies. Whether transition is personal or professional, Tim helps people and organizations unleash the creativity and connection that is available in change. Tim spent more than two decades in the trenches of the media industry as an executive who helped the industry shift to new technologies. During this time, he earned four Emmy awards and a deep respect for the power of heart, technology and spirit to transform business. Tim advises leaders and their teams on ways they can use disruption, consciousness, strategy and even love to create their desired future.