Change is a theme we’ve heard about a lot this year. Now that one fourth of 2009 has passed, how are you doing with the changes you were hoping to make in the new year? I like to check in with clients quarterly so they can assess how plans are coming and I am a fan of the plan, I must admit!
I have a feeling that 09 will continue to test our collective mettle. We need a special dose of courage, patience and trust to see our way through the events that have the power to transform systems that are in grave need of restructure. We are required to set aside any beliefs that portray ourselves as helpless victims or powerless pawns in the larger picture of business and government. We are required to think and think again about what is most important to us, and how we will prioritize the use of our personal and financial resources.
Even as I write this it doesn’t seem like a bad thing. Seriously, isn’t this similar to what you do at the beginning of every New Year? You pause to look at what’s working and what’s not. You crunch some numbers to see how the budget for the New Year is looking. You make decisions; some call them resolutions, to be a better steward of your life. To eat healthy, exercise more, be clearer about what you want in order to be a better person or live a better life.
Perhaps this is my desire to always find a silver lining. One of my strengths is positivity, and I know that it can be misconstrued as naïveté. But what if we all made an effort to believe that this will be the year of silver linings? That things may seem one way until we look again, until we actively seek the positive impact of a situation, event, or decision. There are, of course, no guarantees that a silver lining actually exists. In the moment, some situations feel more like lead – heavy, cold, unyielding and dark. It’s virtually impossible while we’re in it to see any way that it could resemble silver.
This is where trust comes in handy. We don’t have to see the silver to know that it exists. We can let the gift of time do its best for us. By believing that it is possible, that the silver lining may be there, we can continue to put one foot in front of the other, work and walk our way through dark times to emerge in pockets of light.
Hey, you have to put your attention somewhere. Why not look for the silver lining? More often than not, you see what you expect to see.
Call me if your plan needs some tweaking. You’ve still got 3/4 of the year left! Get on it!