I’ve been conscious of the innate urge to grow, change, and rearrange since nineteen sixty eight when my world fell apart and came together all at the same time. Since then I’ve been fascinated at how many people seem unconscious of the essential Life Force that’s in every living thing. Maybe it has to do with educational systems that continue to see the world through mechanical eyes rather than creative artistic eyes.
Daniel Pink, in A Whole New Mind beautifully states what now seems obvious:
The last few decades have belonged to a certain kind of person with a certain kind of mind—computer programmers who could crank code, lawyers who could craft contracts, MBAs who could crunch numbers. But the keys of the kingdom are changing hands.
The future belongs to a very different kind of person with a very different kind of mind – creators and empathizers, pattern recognizers and meaning makers. These people–artists, inventors, designers, storytellers, caregivers, consolers, big picture thinkers–will now reap society’s richest rewards and share its greatest joys.
Have you been experiencing an internal urge to grow beyond your small self? Are there still unfulfilled dreams beaconing you? Are you feeling stuck and uncomfortable with your present situation in life? Could it be that these inner promptings are urging you to grow into something new? Is it possible that all your ‘so called’ problems are simply pointers to new opportunities? Could you be one of these artists, big picture thinkers?
If the purpose of life is growth, how are you growing? Is the growth trajectory you’re on satisfying your hungry heart, mind, and soul? If so, great. If not, what then? Over the many years of my life I’ve gone through many changes. Whenever I felt restless inside I’d work with therapists, guides, counselors, teachers, and coaches. I’d also sit with it for as long as necessary to listen to what was being asked of me. Eventually I had to act.
Fortunately, there were mentors and coaches who helped guide me into action. They challenged my limiting beliefs and created experiences that took me deep into my own shadowlands for exploration. They helped me become the person I knew I was but couldn’t deeply connect with. Finally, I woke up enough to become a person who could help others do the same which enhanced the growth for both.
I’m now in my fifth month of retirement from professional life and every day the same question arises: “What’s Next?” It’s a question for the micro moment and the macro moment. If the question is here for you, give thanks. If it’s not, give thanks. You’re exactly where you need to be. Trust the Process. Open to the Opportunities, Practice Presence and the next step will reveal itself.. Grow? Change? Dream? Imagine? Expand? Yes. . . It’s built into your DNA and, there’s always help along the way . . . . How are you asking for it and acting upon it? Hmm . . .