Returning Anew

The stage of Returning Anew is about integration of everything learned and experienced and letting go. Challenges involve struggles with embracing these two realities, that which is known on the one hand, and unknown on the other. Posts include stories about the meaning of ambition, doing vs being, giving back, and the nature of change/transitions.

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Returning Anew 1

Falling On and Off the Beat: Metaphor and Practice for Learning to Start Again

Some years ago, I was an avid Salsa and Rumba dancer. I’d go out a few times a week, every week and dance for hours. If you’ve enjoyed partner dancing to live music then you know that it’s one of the best feelings on earth. That joy of feeling into the steps, being in the moment […]
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Returning Anew 2

Imagining the Worst that Can Happen is Useful if…

Walking around the lake with my friend Mary one afternoon, the idea came up in conversation that I should visit my dad. I had a problematic relationship with him since my 20s, and had tried every which way to insert myself into his life – from showing unconditional love by being a ready ear to […]
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Sometimes When Things Go Against Your Plans, Hopes and Expectations it Can Be Awesome!

Have you ever found yourself in a different country, by accident? I have. The country was Portugal. In August of 2000 I planned a trip to Europe to attend the wedding of some friends. The wedding would be in southeastern France, along the Cote d’Azur in a small village called Canadel.
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Getting Fired: Is There an Upside?

A couple of years ago I got fired and I didn’t see it coming. My boss asked me to stop by the office at the end of the day. He wanted to talk to me about something. This wasn’t unusual, since I worked from home and he frequently asked sales people who worked remotely to […]
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Dancing through Grief to Be Able to Be Present

I sat slumped over the steering wheel. “What am I afraid of?” I asked myself. The lump in my throat made it hard to swallow. Not being enough, I sighed. My year had already been filled with so much loss. Now, having to face my dear friend’s decline due to advanced Parkinson’s. It was more […]
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