Monday, September 26, 2011

During the pause between achievements, 
many people begin to question what their life is about.

The elation we feel when we have learned an important lesson, achieved a goal, or had a big breakthrough can sometimes be met with a period of downtime afterward. During this period of transition, we may feel unsure and not know where to turn next. Many people, during the pause between achievements, begin to wonder what their life is about. These feelings are common and strike everyone from time to time. Human beings are active creatures—we feel best when we are working on a project or vigorously pursuing a goal. But there is nothing inherently wrong with spending a day, a week, or even a month simply existing and not having a plan. 
Just be. 
It won’t be long before you embark upon 
your next voyage of growth and discovery.

The quiet lull into we which we fall between ideas, projects, and goals can make life seem empty. After accomplishing one objective, you may want to move immediately on to the next. However, when your next step is unclear, you may feel frustrated, disconnected, or even a mild depression. You may even perceive your lack of forward momentum as an indicator of imminent stagnation. To calm these distressing thoughts, try to accept that if your intent is personal growth, you will continue to grow as an individual whether striving for a specific objective or not. Spending time immersed in life’s rigors and pleasures can be a cathartic experience that gives you the time you need to think about what you have recently gone through and leisurely contemplate what you wish to do next. You may also find that in simply being and going through the motions of everyday life, you reconnect with your priorities in a very organic, unforced way. 

The mindful transitional pause can take many forms. For some, it can be a period of reflection that helps them understand how their life has unfolded. For others, it can be a period of adjustment, where new values based on recent changes are integrated into daily life. Just because you’re not headed swiftly to a final destination doesn’t mean you should assume that you have lost your drive. The stage between journeys can become a wonderful period of relaxation that prepares you for the path that will soon be revealed to you.


Melinda said...

This one strikes very close to home...I'm thankful for its encouraging message! Funny how you've now done that twice when I needed it, Susette! Nearly 9 years ago some very loving and timely words spoken in a card you mailed to my brand new home helped bridge my way into my AF retirement... Thank you!

Susette said...

What a wonderful message! Thank you, Melinda, and I am so pleased to know that words which came from me helped to ease your heart and mind at the right moment!

With Gratitude~

JC Beichner said...

This is such a great reminder to be more gentle with ourselves. Not drive so hard, realize that where we are is exactly where we need to be. As a writer whose work at times seems never ending it is so easy to get lost staring ahead at the destination and not enjoying my journey. I intend to be present to the beauty and joy of my work! And when I don't feel like working...enjoy that too! xo JCB

Susette said...

We are Human BEings....not Human DOings, right? And since it's all an illusion, it always works out in the way it's meant to be. We do tend to over-think and over-worry that which Spirit already has perfectly in hand!

Thank you, Jen~

With Peaceful Light,