The violence of the recent shootings and the uncertainty of these times can get the best of me, the best of us. It can intensify the questions and natural anxiety of leaving a long-time career and dreaming into a next chapter of life. What will I do next? Will I be OK financially? Can I take the risk of dreaming, of trying something new? What happens if it doesn’t work out? Amidst all that’s happening in the world, how do I continue to dream into a future that is so uncertain?
To meet these questions and stay engaged in dreaming and action, it’s important to maintain resilience. Hope – the expectation of a better future is an essential aspect of resilience. When feeling overwhelmed or in despair beauty is my ‘go to’. It is a balm for my heart and spirit, especially the beauty and resilience of nature. Living in the mountains, I experience the garden and the mountains being completely covered and frozen under snow in winter, and then what looks dead, comes to life and greens up in the Spring. It opens my heart to awe and wonder, settles my nervous system and restores a sense of inner calm and hope for the future. If nature can do that, certainly we can!
Beauty may be a key source of resilience and hope for you, or it may be something else. What is your ‘go to’? Who or what gives you strength, restores your inner balance, clarity and hope?
Engage with whatever your answer is to those questions, for hope keeps your dreams alive, and dreaming is the first step to making something real. When you’re ready for action, in the words of David Whyte, “Start close in.” Trust your knowing and take just that first step that’s right in front of you. The one you see clearly. Like driving at night, only seeing what your headlights illuminate in the darkness, that first step will lead you to the next one.
Sabrina Roblin, CPCC, a former executive and founder of Life Reinspired, is happily enjoying her best chapter of life. She now helps others do the same. Schedule a free Life Reinspired Strategy Session or email firstname.lastname@example.org.