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I came across a quote today in Tamara Dull's blog that really captured some of what I've been feeling 2009 holds. It is a quote by the well known writer Ralph Waldo Emerson -
"This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we know what to do with it."
The question in change or challenge is greatly what to do in the face of it. Earlier in 2008 I came to a sudden cease of employment and was pushed to made some changes and work to adapt to my circumstances. I made new discoveries in my own abilities and learned of new career opportunities, that on the other side of the crisis, I'm now very thankful for. As I think of this new year and some the goals I'd like to accomplish in it, I may have to better learn how to ask for help in order to reach some of those goals. For me, knowing the value of a moment and attaining its full worth, it's sometimes necessary for the wise counsel of others perspective to get full perspective.
Mr. Emerson was one that seemed to be able to recognize the value of all times, even changing ones. He understood that change is not easy, but it is necessary for growth.
As many personal goals were reached in 2008, I feel new goals coming to the surface for 2009. I feel lead again to a point of questioning and asking that is alluded to Mr. Emerson's quote.
In the midst of shifting in goals and change, what has been the most helpful thing for you to remember? Was it knowing what to do with that particular moment or having the right perspective that was the greatest assistance? How does one peel away the layers of change in order to arrive at the heart of the matter. Layer by layer and question by question.