A Fresh Start

by Sandy Nelson on July 3, 2012

On the day before Independence Day, the Fourth of July, I am declaring myself to be emancipated from victimhood in the wake of a once-in-a-lifetime storm that left us and millions of others in searing heat, without power, cable, internet and limited access to email and cell service. After five days of little sleep, discomfort and unsettling anxiety, enough is enough. It is time to move on.

So many people have it much worse. A bit of heat and inconvenience pales in comparison to the indignities those who truly suffer must endure.

As in business, there is a tendency in life to strive to hold onto what we know when radical disruption comes our way. To complain, fret and resist change when the unexpected appears virtually out of nowhere.

On the other hand, every disruption provides an opportunity to make a fresh start. To re-true to basics, ask and answer with fresh eyes and thinking what really matters? To identify and let go of old ways that no longer serve us well. To welcome the interruption, see a new path, design the course forward and set out on a new journey with revitalized energy and uplifted spirit.

As the ancient Persian poet Rumi so aptly stated:

This being human is a guest house.

Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,

some momentary awareness comes

as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!

Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,

who violently sweep your house

empty of its furniture,

still, treat each guest honorably.

He may be clearing you out

for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,

meet them at the door laughing,

and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,

because each has been sent

as a guide from beyond.

Today is great day to welcome uninvited guests, re-true to what matters, envision a better path forward and make a fresh start!

Enjoy the Fourth!


Sandy Nelson

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