Thursday, January 16, 2014

Prepare for flight

One of my Christmas gifts was a lovely desk calendar called "Seize the Day" with a wise quotation each day. Last week as I tore off the previous day's page, I was delighted to see this quote: "When we walk to the edge of all the light we have and take the step into the darkness of the unknown, we must believe that one of two things will happen. There will be something solid for us to stand on or we will be taught to fly." The quote is attributed to poet and author Patrick Overton.

Filled with hope, this saying reminds me of what my life coach told me as I worked through the death of dreams and began creating new ones after my job loss. I told her that, although I liked the work I did, there were many things about my former work environment I didn't like—but even so, I was really devastated and hurt to have been Reduced In Force. I'll never forget what she said: "Sonia, I think you should try to be grateful for your [former] boss for kicking you out of the next because you're learning to fly on the way down."

I wasn't so sure after I lost my job that there was anything solid on which to land. I was filled with fears of all kinds. But my coach reminded me that, in fact, I was "learning to fly on the way down." She pointed out that I was doing my grief work, I was retooling, and I was beginning to create an entirely new dream—one built on my passion and natural abilities. And she was right. I did learn to fly, and now I absolutely love what I'm doing.

Are you stepping out into any darkness or unknown? If you don't see the solid ground, prepare for flight! Reach out to others who will gladly help you on that journey. And if you want to talk about this with me, I invite you to contact me for a complimentary strategy session.

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