Those are the words that begin the Hawaiian ho’oponopono ritual of forgiveness. If you aren’t familiar with it, it goes like this:
Last night before I went to bed, I finished Alyson Stanfield’s book, “I’d Rather Be in the Studio: The Artist’s No-excuse Guide to Self-promotion. It’s written for working artists who want to grow, and full disclosure, Alyson and I work together.
It must have lingered in my consciousness as I slept because
this is what I wrote in my dream journal this morning:
The Winter Holidays have hit me sort of hard this year. I'm using the time to reflect on where I've been, knowing that I'll use what I learn to fashion my year forward.
I feel my work right now is to hone my message so that those who would benefit from hiring me know how I can help them. They seem already to know instinctively that what I have to say is meaningful to them. My job now is to be sure I’m clear on my next steps and bring others along on this adventure!
In the process of digging through last year's calendar and noticing how many times I stepped into the unknown (a blogpost for a different day), I also noticed another strong
The word has begun to sneak out around the workplace … Debra’s retiring! The atmosphere has turned a little gloomy, as though everyone feels a heavy sharp knife hanging over exposed necks. There’s a happy face plastered on top, but the gloom oozes around the edges. This is the part I did not want to drag out.
I’ve been lucky in previous work separations to hand pick my successor, but not this time. And, it feels really comfortable to leave it like that. The workplace I’m leaving is undergoing its own change process and my departure is part of that. ...
Maybe you’re in the same place I am: ready to move on to the next stage in life. Or perhaps you’re thinking about making a change. Sometimes we have an urge to create change and then abandon the notion because we don’t want to rock the boat, or we’re concerned that someone else may be hurt. I know how it feels to stare at change from the sidelines and to put others first. Over the years, though, I’ve found that when it’s time, it’s time.
Our challenge is to call “time” before time runs out.
So, I’ve decided to retire from my day job ...