It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. â€“ Alan Cohen
I listened to an interview recently with author Connie Goldman talking about her book Who Am Iâ€¦Now That Iâ€™m Not Who I Was? What a great title! It reminds me how important it can be to check in with ourselves periodically. Whatâ€™s changed? Whatâ€™s shifted?
Sometimes we see big life changes coming and can plan for them: moving to a new location, changing careers, or shaping our version of retirement. Our priorities get held up to the light and re-examined.
Unexpected life changes leave little time for planning or reflection: the sudden loss of a loved one, finding yourself unemployed, or with a disability. Once we have time to regain our balance, the answer to â€˜who am I now?â€™ might be very different.
But itâ€™s those slow changes over time (also known as aging) that are the hardest to pinpoint. The subtitle to Goldmanâ€™s book is Conversations with Women in Mid-Life and Years Beyond. I love finding positive role models, in person or in print.
Challenge: Take a few minutes to consider this question for yourself: Who Am I Now That Iâ€™m Not Who I Was? The answers may affirm what youâ€™ve learned over time or point to something that itâ€™s time to let go of. I invite you to share your thoughts with other readers here on my blog: http://cornerstonecoaching.net/my-blog/