Life’s Transitions

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Cedric Johnson, Ph.D and Kris MacKain, Ph.D

Life’s transitions sometimes give us the opportunity to transform our lives, resulting in a life lived more in concert with our deepest selves. The advice given by a soothsayer to the mythic Greek hero, Odysseus (see below), sparked a discussion about the new directions in our lives. Because this advice may also inspire you, we would like to share it with you.

The mythic Odysseus, after being a sailor all his life, after finding his way home after ten years of war, and ten years of wandering… [found himself]  pining to return to his glory days at sea…. when a soothsayer came to him in a dream and said,

“Take your favorite oar and go inland until no one has heard of you, and then go farther until no one has heard of an oar or the sea. Plant your oar there and start a garden.”

From Mark Nepo,  “The Book of Awakening.”

How might you view an upcoming transition as an opportunity to re-evaluate your life’s direction?

How can you in your present situation find deeper meaning in your work and/or life?


About cedricj

I am a licensed psychologist and management consultant and have always been intrigued by how leaders can inspire people in their organizations. The bottom line is that people are not always motivated by material rewards, the use of the carrot or the stick, fear and intimidation,and command and control, Five human needs inspire and drive us. Kristine S MacKain, Ph.D and myself describe these inspirational forces in our book "What Inspirational Leaders Do" (Kindle 2008)
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One Response to Life’s Transitions

  1. cedricj says:

    Here are two excellent comments posted on Facebook

    Carolyn Patten commented on a link you shared.
    “And this makes me think of a wrangler I knew back in Santa Fe named Plunker Sheety (true!). He’d lived there all his life and when he was in his 50s took off “up north.” His friends asked how far he was going. He said, “I’m going to put a tortilla on my car antenna and when people start asking what it is, then I’ll stop.” Certainly not as elegant as planting an oar…. but he was ready for a big change!”

    Jerry Steward commented on a link you shared. “In the last three years or so, two big and troubling events in our lives turned our world upside down. At first both seemed a complete disaster yet they both led to incredible opportunities and positive changes once we stopped arguing with reality. This allowing is not something you can do as an act of will. It’s more of a letting go, a letting be, a relinquishing of resistance. Allowing can come from a profound heart quality, and embracing of what is.”

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