To envision a “passage” seems timely for this week’s post. Passage is the act or process of moving through or past something on the way from one place to another. Hopefully everyone made a safe passage into the New Year. Let us be reminded that passages occur both as events (moments) as well as over time (process) Reflection: Moment vs Process.
In addition to the literal definition (i.e. moving through…on the way from one place to another), a passage can also be a calling, invitation and opportunity for growth (e.g. “Passage with Momentum and Innovation). A passage may prompt fear and anxiety or inspire positive anticipation and excitement.
One interesting thing about passage – in the context of change – is that in any passage the actual change may occur quickly. It is the time leading up to the change that fuels the anticipation and excitement or the fear and anxiety depending upon the situation. The stroke of midnight this past Saturday is an example. The time and anticipation leading up to the passage, however, was a longer and hopefully fun and joyous process. Happy New Year!
We will transcend many passages throughout our lives. In some cases we will be given the opportunity to make a choice to embark on a passage or remain at shore. The shore may appear to be the safe choice, however the safe choice does not always provide the best of potential outcomes. Safe choices seldom lead to breakthroughs or major growth. By choosing to embrace courage we are able to step beyond inertia and status quo.
In the course of passages there are navigation aids along the path. One such aid is that of a lighthouse. Lighthouses 1) have guided sailors to safe passage and beyond throughout history 2) are constant and unwavering sources of light and serve as guides, reference points and warnings and 3) provide advance notice and time to navigate the right next step.
Creating and envisioning a personal lighthouse can help to:
- Anticipate, check bearings and avoid potential danger.
- Safely navigate through both calm and troubled waters.
- Adjust course, come about or, if warranted, drop anchor.
The “source of light” (e.g. our priorities, values, etc.) can serve as a navigation aid for our choices and guide us through and beyond “safe passage” to achieve what matters most in our lives.
“When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves.” – William Arthur Ward (1921–March 30, 1994)
Tips and Practical Applications:
- How will your lighthouse strengthen confidence when embarking on passages?
- How will your lighthouse dispel fear and anxiety when embarking on passages?
- How will your lighthouse inspire and bolster your confidence to take more risks?
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The Rewards of Emergent Innovations
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