My horoscope for the year 2012 predicts many major changes in my life as I know it now.
I usually read these forecasts with interest and skepticism. Nonetheless, over the years, I have experienced a high percentage of accurate readings. I could, of course, attribute this to intentions leading to behaviors, which lead to the creation of an anticipated outcome i.e., “The Law of Attraction.” That, however is another long, involved thesis.
Today, it is change and evolution on a very personal level which I wish to explore. I know intuitively, that the direction of my life is about to take a new and, as of yet, undefined path. I’ve felt it from day one of this year. It’s not a new feeling for me as I’ve experienced this knowing many times in my life. In fact, change has been such an integral part of my life that, at one point, I returned to the university in order to study “the management of change” and ultimately to become a “change agent.”
I think someone once said, “we teach what we need to learn.” I have always felt anxiety around the “change” issue and really wanted to relieve myself of this angst. Over the long-haul, I’d say I was about 75% successful… I have been able to push through or work around situations that challenge me. If I say I’m going to do something, I do it and I learn to do it well.
When I was a teenager and young adult, my father used to say I was a “Jack of all trades, master of none,” which was not a kind saying. He would admonish me to “put on the blinders and focus.” Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia says that Jack of all trades is “a figure of speech used in reference to a person that is competent with many skills but is not necessarily outstanding in any particular one.” It goes on to say, “The earliest recorded versions of the phrase do not contain the second part. Indeed, they are broadly positive in tone.” This might refer to a “Renaissance man” or a polymath or a generalist and is actually a term of praise. (‘Jack’ was a generic term for ‘man’ in Elizabethan English.)
I look back on all the changes in my life (as an eldest daughter, a salesgirl, a secretary, wife and mother, a student and academic, a hypnotherapist, an organizational consultant, a change agent, a motivational coach, a memoir writing coach, a successful entrepreneur, a grandmother and an artist) and, yes, I could be called “a Jacqueline of all trades” and master of many. I’m definitely not a specialist and wouldn’t want to be.
“Did you know: that learning 20% of a language’s vocabulary will enable you to communicate and understand at least 80%, learning 20% of a dance like the tango (lead and footwork) separates the novice from the pro, that 20% of the moves in a sport account for 80% of the scoring, etc. Is this settling for mediocre?” – Tim Ferriss
Boredom is, for me, inherent in skills pursued out of obligation and possibilities ignored for fear of the unknown. Creativity craves for exposure and “evolution” is almost a better word than “change.” Sometimes evolving means leaving ways and means, people and places behind. Sometimes change flows with a grace like the clouds above. Sometimes it evolves like the tumultuous waves in the sea. Most times, it’s somewhere in between and becomes a wake-up call to life and new ways of being.
How do you feel about change?
p.s. I forgot to confess that I’ve moved twelve times in my life. I just keep going, one breath at a time.