Today, is also the first day in the month of October…

Stages of Life by Myrna Leigh Cohn

Stages of Life by Myrna Leigh Cohn

In our family, we have a tradition (I don’t know how or why it began) of greeting each other on the first day of the month by saying, “Tibbar, Tibbar.” For whatever it means, it is a reminder to be awake and in the moment.

Today is one of those days for me. I have a sense of beginning, starting again in a new space and with an evolving vision. When I turned on my computer this morning and logged into my Website, I realized I have been absent since sometime in July.  The summer – the “short season” as I call it – has morphed into fall in the blink of an eye. I have a strong sense of the passage of time hence, “today is the first day of the rest of my life.”

What this means is that now is the time to make intuitive choices based upon what “feels right” for me and based upon what I want to accomplish creatively as time passes. In order to do this, I will have to be fully present to the reality of life (mine and the world around me) and not off in some fantasy of my own making or a dreamworld that consists only of what “might have been.”

In my career as an organizational development consultant, I facilitate many companies’ planning strategies. An important part of this process is goal-setting and then action-planning… “How do we get to where we want to go?”  We employ visualization as a tool towards goal attainment:  “Whatever the mind can see and believe, the mind can achieve.”  We believe it and it works more times than not. It provides a clear path to the accomplishment of the identified goals.

What I am saying is, I’d rather “go with the flow.” This is no longer a matter of right brain/left brain thinking (a path I traveled for years) but creativity blooming from both hemispheres. I think it’s a matter of trust in oneself and in one’s sense of “knowing” what is personally meaningful at different stages of life.

I have come to a place where decisions are no longer made by taking a sheet of paper, drawing a line down the middle and collecting pros and cons of alternative choices. Now, I can “feel” the results of different choices which might be available to me – a visceral response to the vision or thought. If it feels good, then I trust my instinct which has been honed over the years. This is not a deliberate or conscious action. It’s just an intuitive sense.

I’m excited about this evolution – a little bit unbalanced at the moment – but trusting my flexibility and the plasticity of my brain to assist me to adapt to changing circumstances with curiosity and creativity.

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