It’s been a funny few months ~ and by funny, I mean odd. I’ve always believed that I live a Charmed Life. It’s not always easy, challenges have presented, disappointments have emerged ~ yet always, upon reflection, I can see that the friction sent to transform me from grainy sand to translucent pearl has always done so in the best possible way something difficult can.
I missed that these last few months – the ‘charmed’ part. It seemed that road blocks and/or obstacles appeared where, at worst, I’d expected hurdles. Life hasn’t always unfolded as I’d decided it would in my mind, but with Resilience and Adaptability, finding a purpose and means to go with the unanticipated change has seldom taken long to show up, allowing a new flow to begin.
This all got me to wondering if maybe the path I was walking, maybe the goals I was moving toward, well, maybe my time, focus and energy might be better placed and invested elsewhere. Knowing when to mitigate your losses and move toward something more productive is a key life skill, after all.
And then this morning, quite by chance, I read this quote on my friend Kim’s blog site ~ and a new perspective formed, one that brings clarity to recent events in a way that is useful to me.
Accept indeterminacy as a principle, and you see your life in a new light, as a series of seemingly unrelated jewel-like stories within a dazzling setting of change and transformation. Recognize that you donâ€™t know where you stand, and you will begin to watch where you put your feet. Thatâ€™s when a path appears.
Watch where you put your feet.
Recognize that you donâ€™t know where you stand, and you will begin to watch where you put your feet. Thatâ€™s when a path appears.
Sometimes challenges don’t rise to meet you because your end goal is askew ~ sometimes roadblocks and stop signs indicate that the way you’ve chosen to GET TO your end goal is flawed.
As open as I am to uncertainty and the unexpected Magic it can bring to a situation – Indeterminacy is something I’ve never allowed anywhere near a plan constructed to take me somewhere significant; I mean, honestly – who in their right mind invites qualities of being vague and poorly defined into action plan creation and implementation?
Yet, if I watch where I put my feet – and I step back to look at a much bigger picture ~ I see the entire context is fraught with the Unknown, the Uncertain, Risk and Hope.
Here I am, transitioning into the next phase of my life, seeking to grow and expand and serve all on the platform of what I’ve accumulated over the last 4+ decades ~ and wanting to do this in a shining new way. How could I possibly believe I could succinctly plan this effectively without stumbling upon an Ingenuity Gap every now and then? When you’re walking toward something new, sometimes the ONLY certainty is that you’ll encounter critical gaps between your need for ideas to solve complex problems and your actual supply of those ideas – gaps between challenges that present and your capacity to realize a solution.
Yet – being willing to move forward in the knowing that, right now, in this moment – I don’t have all the answers, being willing to see my life, knowledge and experiences in a new light, as a series of seemingly unrelated jewel-like stories within a dazzling setting of change and transformation ~ well, this approach takes me from feeling like a frustrated potential failure to an Adventurer on a Quest in which only the ending is certain – the goal will be achieved; with many of the ‘Hows’ being decided along the way rather than at the outset.
I’m grateful to have read this quote today – it’s renewed my belief in my ability to get to where I’m going ~ taking me off the ‘Road to Nowhere’ and back on my way to Somewhere Over the Rainbow in this Wonderful World …