Thoughts On Being Available

“We’re in this life, and if you’re not available, the sort of ordinary time goes past and you didn’t live it. But if you’re available, life gets huge. You’re really living it.” — Bill Murray

Wondering if I’m available for life.

To open a door.

Make me laugh.

Make me cry.

Challenge me.

Inspire me.

Thinking about the minutes I spend lost in my mind.

Carelessly grinding through the task at hand.

Paths that never cross.

Blank space.


Killing time.

What if I made it my intention to be available for life?





Expecting life to surprise me.


Sometimes I treat life like a movie recorded on the DVR. I just want to fast-forward to the good parts and skip all the less-interesting stuff. But with life…I only get to play the movie once.

This can really change your perspective.

Do you feel it?

I think I’m getting there.

This isn’t “available” like an open door policy or time on your schedule.

It’s being present with the person across the room, excited about what you might discover about you, or them, or something completely off the agenda. Going into a meeting with a sense of curiosity instead of dread. Approaching the problem with fascination instead of frustration. Managing your interpersonal conflict with compassion instead of judgment. Making space for love to sneak in and catch you unprepared.

Letting each experience open before you as if it were brand new and filled with possibility.

A familiar song you’re hearing for the first time.

(OK that sounds kind of hard but what if you just made it your intention?)

Change your perspective on the good parts of the movie.

Life is calling you to a bigger story.

Right now.

Don’t miss it.

Be available.

*How could this mindset impact your life, your relationships, your leadership, your work?

Originally published at on July 9, 2015.

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