REFLECTIONS FROM THE BENCH: THE TIME OF TRANSFORMATION
September 03, 20203 min read
"It’s not from the known, but the unknown, that creativity
and inventiveness are born." I’m rather certain that is not
my quote, but it has been with me throughout different periods of
my life. As we pass through this time of great uncertainty and
pain, I try to hold on to idea this more than ever.
Many days, I am working alone and I try to put my finger on what
is bothering me the most. Our political divisiveness? The fact
that there are good people who cannot afford to keep a roof over
their families or even feed them without assistance? The
unbearable way humans can treat each other? The fact that I have
no dog love in my life right now?
How can we transform the myriad of emotions and actions coming at
us daily -- through our social media channels, the 24 hour news
cycles and our own struggles -- into a catalyst to move us
We may be on the path into the unknown, but at the same time I
see massive acts of gentleness and kindness. The last time I was
acutely aware of this was in NYC, after 911. And yet it breaks my
heart to think it takes a disaster or a pandemic to make us reach
a place we should always be. Kindness matters. Let's all practice
Keep Your Eye on the Big Picture
Last week I posted I felt there were many days I was not
accomplishing much. The dozens of responses and personal messages
were touching. All sorts of people reached out to see if I was OK
and to offer suggestions on what might help. In the big picture,
I am fine. Some days are better than others. Some I am just plain
lazy and am learning I don’t have to always be on the go and
filled with adrenaline. Remembering the big picture puts the day
to day moments in perspective so I don't give in to negativity.
Give that a try, the big picture doesn't have to be accomplished
in a day.
Keep Growing Where You're Planted
I believe everyone is experiencing their own personal struggles
and epiphanies. Grow where you are planted has taken on new
meaning. My conclusion? I have dubbed this the Time of
Transformation. And the most difficult part is not
knowing what is on the other end. But perhaps we can look at it
as a time of great shifting and have faith there is something
positive ahead. Something good is coming. This isn’t Pollyanna
talking (and if you know me well, you should be laughing at that
image!). It is the way I chose to live so as not to sink to the
lowest common denominator of fear or despair.
So, are you looking to stay in the cocoon during this time, or
turn into a butterfly?
The Time of Transformation . . . I like it. But as Dennis Miller
says, "...it's just my opinion, I could be wrong.". I
hope each of you is finding joy in your life – as for me, it's
time to get back to the workbench.
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