No excuses. Simple explanation: in the spirit of summer vacation, we allowed ourselves to tap the pause button on the good habit of weekly blogging. My writing buddy holds fast to the June/July aspect of a teacher’s calendar, even though she hasn’t seen a classroom in two years.
We all understand the challenge of re-instituting an abandoned habit. No matter how much we enjoy an activity, believe in its value, or intend to keep it alive, we have the potential to let it drop–like we did with weekly blog posting. We decided not to rationalize, feel guilty, blame ourselves or one another–but just to get back at it. So here we are, ready to make a change.
And change it is. Back in 2000, I taught a class, “Change” with professor, Bonnie Pribush at Franklin College. This fall, Bonnie and I are back on Franklin’s campus co-facilitating a seminar “Leading Change,” for Leadership Johnson County. This time there will be no grades to post nor is it a semester long course. We’ve updated our resources and have a new focus on resiliency; but the message remains consistent–change happens. As before, Bonnie tackles the aspects of institutional/organizational change while I address the personal facets of change.
Much of my practice time is spent assisting clients as they matriculate change. Often, our focus is on adapting to, or accepting, major life transition and its aftermath. I encourage a focus on advance preparation for inevitable shifts. It’s life. We are constantly in transition. If we plan, train, and set a preemptive intention of remaining true to ourselves as we re-calibrate, change feels more like growth rather than a reaction to circumstances.
During our first class meeting on September 4th, I presented my Balanced Life concept which appears in earlier posts on this blog (links below). I maintain that a positive approach to the revisions of life is achieved by consistent self-care of the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social aspects that make us a healthy, resilient individual. It’s what enables us to transform, succeed, even soar in the face of change.
I close with one of my favorite quotations from one of my favorite philosophers:
“We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”
http://greenwoodcounseling.net/balanced-life-physical/; http://greenwoodcounseling.net/balanced-life-part-ii-mental/; http://greenwoodcounseling.net/balanced-life-part-iii-emotions/; http://greenwoodcounseling.net/balanced-life-part-iv-inspiration/; http://greenwoodcounseling.net/balanced-life-part-v-social/