Our lives are made up of stories. Our births, our growing, our schooling. Our work is made up of stories, too. That first job, that feeling of money in your pocket, that first disappointment, that small drama unfolding as office gossip. We indeed weave a narrative that’s rich and deep. It’s important to learn from the past stories, honor them, and move on. We aren’t predestined to let the narrative of events, people, and happenings determine our future. We are not held hostage by what has already occurred.
The paradox of ignoring the past, sets us up for the potential for an uncomfortable déjà vu. And yet, there are some elements of a life of which we want more: fulfillment, engagement, success, connection. And there are others we are grateful for their passing. I want to remember that sunrise on the MVV Evolution with hundreds of dolphins at play. I want to remember those clients who’ve placed their trust in me to help them navigate the rough waters of big changes. I want to move past feeling stuck, acting stuck, in a particular situation that left me exhausted. I want to remember what it feels like to be on my own creative edge, taking a risk, diving in to something new.
I cannot sit on the soft seat of the past. I honor it, and I look to the horizon. The vista across the water, or the desert line to the east. What in this past year has shaped me? What helps me prepare for the journey now, transformed and anticipating what’s next?