“Trust the journey,” they say. Sure. As a type-A, list-making, ultra-planner it’s difficult for me to even wrap my head around what that means. But I am trying.
My first week being unemployed has been busier than many of my typical work-weeks. I took a yoga class, had a pedicure, got a new library card, met with my CPA, had a massage and facial, wrote letters to friends and family, started a meetup group to host a new book club, planned a trip to Florida to visit family, spent some time with my highly-entertaining chickens, met my husband for lunch, created a 12-month blog calendar, launched a website and registered a business with the Secretary of State. Not bad considering it’s only Friday morning.
The biggest takeaway so far has been that I need to learn to embrace my imperfections and stop trying so hard to fix them all the time. I’ve tweaked and re-tweaked every sentence that I’ve written, and I’m certain there are still errors. I just had to finally admit to myself that I don’t have it all figured out – and for the first time in my life I’m okay with that. I’m ready to trust this journey. And I’m ready to enjoy the unexpected blessings that I am sure to encounter along the way.
Earlier this week I was chatting with a woman who was getting a pedicure in the chair next to me. I somehow found myself telling her about my sabbatical, and about my desire to help others find the courage to create more meaning in their lives. Our conversation quickly shifted to team-building and the benefits of having offsite retreats. The event planner in me lit up like a Christmas tree as she described some of the offsite retreats she has organized for her team in the past. Why aren’t more teams doing this sort of thing if it has such a positive impact? (I’ll have to add that to my list of things to think about.)
Likewise, a stranger approached me in a coffee shop after over-hearing my conversation with my CPA. He wanted to know more about my business concept and what I was planning to do. He began sharing his own personal journey as a business owner, and marveled at how he ended up where he is today. Life is so unpredictable and inspiring. Can you imagine what the world would be like if we spent more time discussing ideas and life lessons rather than using our energy to gossip and complain? (Let’s find out.)
I later found myself telling yet another stranger about my life redesign project and her words were exactly what I needed to hear. “I can’t understand why more people aren’t experiencing the joy of living in the moment,” she said.
And the irony continues as this morning there was a great article on MindBodyGreen describing What Happy People Do Differently To Achieve Their Goals. It was a pleasant reminder to not take life too seriously. While I know it’s important to have goals, I also know that being too tied to outcomes is almost certain to bring disappointment. There are lessons to be learned from both successes and failures. So, technically failures aren’t really failures then.
Onward and uppward! (What, too much?)