“…for it is in the struggle of the human condition, in the searching and striving, in the muck, one often finds the real gold.” Annabel Beerel. I’m reading a gift from a client: “Staying Clear. A Roadmap for Challenging Times,” by Annabel Beerel, former Professor of Social Ethics at Southern New Hampshire University. She has a PhD in Eethics, Masters Degree in Theology, MBA as well. She is one of those people I imagine you could talk to for hours. And she’d push you to think in ways you haven’t thought before.
“The lowest ebb is the turn of the tide.” She lost her job, which she “absolutely loved” in the summer of 2009.
Related to organizing: The people who get in touch with why getting more organized is so crucial to their lives are the ones who make the biggest difference for themselves. It’s the deeper reason, beyond being able to find things more easily or using up less time. It’s about your values, what’s really important to living the life you want, creating the time or space for you.
And, often times, you need to be at the lowest ebb, before your tide can turn. Just as with other tough issues in life, true and lasting change comes from the inside, out.
I’d like to share a few more excerpts from what I’ve read. I’d like you to think about her words in your life, your context, and related to your organizing challenge — whether it’s moving on from a significant life event, a transition, or mid-life in general. Reflect on how these words can be helpful to you. She has some useful questions to journal or reflect on as well, which I’ve shared below.
Annabel advocates that what is “most important right now is that each one of us uses all our energies to live attentively in the present taking great care as to how we create our responses to our current new realities.” It is by taking care of the present in a newly committed and engaged way that we will create a new future.” It’s worth rereading those statements a few times and sitting with them.
Some of her questions:
“Ask yourself every day if you can, “Did I live a life of clarity today?
Was I in touch with the many decisions I made and how they affect the story of my life?
What new realities did I face and how did I deal with them?
Did I acknowledge that they spell some kind of change for me and that I am ready to engage in whatever learning that takes?
How did I live my VALUES today? (caps from Sue)
Did things I deem important get the attention they need?
Did I make decisions from a place of personal power and freedom?
Whoever I engaged with did they get a sense of who I am, and what I stand for?
Am I in touch with how I come across to others and the contribution I make …?”
Just ask one question a day, not the whole list. One or two will resonate for each different day. … “Increasing your self-awareness and self-reflection.”