SHAKEN AND STIRRED. It happened rather suddenly. A light flipped on. At a dinner party. All the thoughts that had been percolating inside my head were revealed, exposed, laid bare, right there on the table. Voiced by others. I listened. I fumbled with words. In an instant I had forgotten the dialogue I had been holding on to - repeating to myself over and over - and instead, the words of others came rolling in like a tide change over the places where I was stuck.
The voices differed from one to the other, yet each focused on Possibility in whatever form it might take, even if Possibility meant loss, letting go, crisis and transition and ultimately re-birth. There was no accord, but neither was there discord. There was no conflict, just conversation. We were interested in the dialogue, the process of clearing away what holds us back, not focused on finding the answers on our dinner plates.
Each perspective sat comfortably with my own analysis of the future and the many nuances inherent not simply in navigating Life’s path, but charting its course, and riding its waves. as best we can.
I am open and not particularly shy, but the truth is I can’t stand being in the spotlight – that’s for a different kind of person – so it was an excruciating moment for me - to be in the spotlight in order to see the light. It was as liberating as it was scary. I went home and cried a bit. A release and a realization that it was the shake up I needed. I had to look at my life and all its potential in a new way. And that was that. Go on, Good Girl, Listen Up. Sometimes, we need to be shaken in order to be stirred.
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