Floating in the lake—the comfort zone of your business—can only last so long. Just as fresh water always needs an inflow and an outflow, work practices and habits come and go.
Then one day, something even bigger pushes you out of the lake entirely, and you begin a new adventure as a river. New scenery, new opportunities, new friends joining you along the way, adding strength.
Rivers are wild, and so shall this journey be. As you ride the rapids, remember that a bigger destination is calling.
Remember you’re headed to the ocean.
As middle age approaches, many of us find greater peace in ourselves and in our accumulated wisdom. However, this doesn’t mean we don’t experience difficult changes; to the contrary, the curves our rivers take are now larger, more dramatic than ever.
Children preparing for college. Parents needing extra support. Friends facing sickness, sadness, loss. Sometimes these situations cause you to face your limitations, while other times they bring out your strengths.
The river years are challenging. They’re emotional—and they’re beautiful, too. Consider ways to direct them that best satisfy your largest purposes, ways to deal with the difficulties that truly move you forward.
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom”
– Anaïs Nin
TAKE IT TO HEART
As you come to a greater understanding of yourself this month, make room for proper self-care. Write and post somewhere in your physical environment a helpful “I’m stressed out” routine that you can strictly adhere to. Sleep, long walks, vitamins, massages, vegetables, saying no, cancelling commitments—these are all healthy choices. Also, if there’s someone you live with that may notice your feelings of overwhelm, give them a gentle heads-up. “I am feeling some anxiety right now, and I need to take time for X, Y and Z,” is a helpful thing to say. So is, “I apologize in advance for anything I might do or say out of impatience.”