What does it mean to lean in?
Maybe you have seen the term on social media or have read the book by Sheryl Sandberg called Lean In : Women, Work, and the Will to Lead.
To me leaning in helps me rely on something other than myself. Here are some examples that I hope will clarify the many ways we lean in.
When my Parkinson’s ridden mom was bedridden in a nursing home several years ago she had lost her ability to speak above a whisper. I had to lean in to hear what she was trying to say. Each word was pushed out, straining, with each exhale.
In the Sheryl Sandberg book, she uses the term to help women in the workforce lean in at the corporate meetings and no longer allow male-dominated promotions to be the only way in corporate America.
Recently my husband (an expert kayaker) took me (not an expert) on a white water adventure. Because of my naivete, we got stuck on a rock shooting our second rapid of the day. He was shouting to me “Lean in, lean in, lean in!“ I could not think of a reason why but heck, you know I leaned in!
Later he explained that if we leaned away from the rock, the current would flip us and we would be out of the boat, and headfirst into some rather gnarly rapids. Leaning in allowed the current to remain under us and give us time to plan a way to safely (upright) spin us off of the rock. Ahh! Sweet success.
On this same white water vacation, I had been reading Save the Butter Tubs – Discover your worth in a disposable world. As a divine reminder to lean in, her book used the term often when talking about relying on God and His plan for our lives.
How timely that I chose to bring that particular book on that particular vacation. My life has ups and downs like class 3 rapids. My life has ups and downs like your life does too. Are you leaning in to hear God speak? Are you leaning in to grow, evolve, and make Him proud?
My hope for both you and me this week is that we will lean in and be present and ready to receive all of the good that this world has to offer and that we will help others to do the same.