Surviving the unexpected


In the last week, I have experienced more intense change in a short period, than I ever have in my life.  Moving house and office together, letting go business and personal relationships, it seems that no area of my life is immune to enormous shifts. It has felt pretty overwhelming and definitely given me a whole new level of compassion for people in the world who live in constant flux because of war or economic instability.

“It’s life Jim, but not as we know it”

And I know I am not alone. Nearly everyone I talk to right now, has had a year bigger than Ben Hur. Transition, uncertainty and unexpected situations have been the norm for most people. Sound familiar? I have friends who have lost jobs, partners, financial security and any kind of knowing about how things are going to turn out. Our ability to face challenge and changing circumstances seems to be being tested in a way, that most of us, haven’t known until now.

“We’re not in Kansas anymore Toto”

And of course, these big shifts seem to be just a part of what is happening globally.  Massive shake ups are occurring across the planet and need to happen, especially in the area of our environment. It’s as if we are all being pushed out of our comfort zone, towards what is really needed. 

Life is sweet

What’s interesting to me, is that I see, that  after the fear and struggle around the change, friends actually end up in, newer, better jobs. In situations that are actually serving them better than the old, with more exciting opportunities and possibilities. Change breeds creativity. We try new things, make new contacts, have new experiences. I see people moving into places where they are less attached to an outcome and happier to surrender and go with the flow. After all, what else can you do in the face of such dramatic transition? For myself, I have a whole new level of trust. I see that there’s nothing to be gained by hanging on to the familiar when it’s clearly combusting, no matter how safe it might feel to stay still. And that when I jump, actually it’s exciting. So have a wonderful week and embrace the new!


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