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Curious??? What Are You Looking For?

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What are you curious about? What are you worrying about? What in the present are you paying attention to?

I am curious, I love making discoveries, travelling, speaking with people, going shopping.

— Maria Grazia Cucinotta

Asked for one adjective to describe how I felt at end of training session I answered, “Curious.” Others on the call perceived my word-choice as Continue reading » Curious??? What Are You Looking For?

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I Need a Time Out

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Ever have one of those days when no matter how hard you try, you just can’t get things to process properly?

You’ve been 404’rd… you are sooo having a bad day and require chocolate or wine straight away. We do not recommend using any technology until you have ingested the required medication.

Terry Hershey

I need a Time Out… No, I haven’t been a bad girl.  I’ve just temporarily lost my connection to the topic of Transitions.  My server is down… in my last three posts I explored Stage I – Letting Go, and Stage II – the Neutral Zone… I’ve been befuddled, bedazzled and creative and I’m just not ready – in oh so many ways – for contemplating and Continue reading » I Need a Time Out

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How to Get UnStuck

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What do you do if you’re stuck in one place and you want to move on?

…both the person who leaves early and the one who stays late are avoiding endings and the discomfort of facing the fact that there is a break of some sort in the continuity of things.

— William Bridges
Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes

Once upon a time a little kid would climb a couple of feet up a chain link fence so he could watch the “big kids” play next door… but he always wore these big clompy tennis shoes with humungous toes that got stuck in the links… after a while the little guy would get bored and decide to climb down – only to find that his shoes were securely stuck… and then he’d start calling out to his empty yard, “Hep… hep… hep…”  Eventually he’d Continue reading » How to Get UnStuck

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Can You See Me?

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Are you painting yourself invisible or struggling to be seen?

As a boy I believed I could make myself invisible. I’m not sure that I ever could, but I certainly had the ability to pass unnoticed.

— Terence Stamp

Can you see the man standing by the earth mover in the photo that heads this post?  Look again very carefully, there by the wheel… STILL can’t see him?  Try looking for his feet, just behind the shovel and in front of the wheel and then let your eyes travel up to his hat at the top of the lettering…  Ahhhhhhhh.  Now you see him, yes?

Amazingly, artist/photographer Liu Bolin wants to become invisible!  He plans meticulously, and then with the help of assistants, he paints himself to blend into whatever scenery he plans to photograph.

I, on the other hand am not so sure I want to Continue reading » Can You See Me?

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Holding On

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Have you ever felt yourself holding on when you thought you should be letting go?

Change is never easy. You fight to hold on. You fight to let go.

The Wonder Years

In my last post I ruminated about “Guarding”.  Today I’m still thinking about that but I’m looking at it from a different perspective.  You see, lately I’ve noticed that I often sit with my arms tightly folded and I’ve excused myself by saying I was cold.  But now I think not.  I think at some semi-conscious level I’m holding myself together, protecting myself from falling apart… If you will, I’m just practicing another form of guarding.

Lagging Behind

I feel like I’m lagging behind my expectations.  PattiAnn would probably tell me I’m being too hard on myself.  And maybe I am.  Still, I feel like I’m stuck on a plateau – languishing, going neither up nor down, wandering about the edges of here and now.  I can’t return to the old “norm” and I haven’t yet carved out handholds for scaling the “new” norm.  I’m in the dreaded “in-between”… (Hmmm, have I just coined a new “stage” in life, sorta like being a “pre-teen”?)

About a month ago I wrote in my journal:

I think I’m exiting this grieving tunnel.  Not sure.  But at least for the moment, feeling whole and thinking about priorities and goals and future.  Looking backward still, but in a different way than before.  Trying hard to do it with affection and joy instead of loss and sadness.  Mostly that’s working.

Now all I have to do is simply… what?  Get on with my life.  Oh.  That’s all.  Yikes.  Continue reading » Holding On