Hah! There’s a world out there!
For me, this will be the biggest challenge in the weeks and months ahead: How to stay calm, untriggered, not angry and get my work done in a world that will progressively be closing in on me. CEO, pipeline, person with friends….
For an awareness writer and a virtual hermit, what may come down the pike looks like the opposite of heaven. It’s more like Val-hell-a.
And yet I’ll have to make a transition at some point and my life will become around seeing people and having meetings.
(Panic.) I have no role models! OK, yes, I do. Even here, I’ve been given some good experience.
I had a boss who was an everyday buddha. My brother was the same. I had a home room teacher who was inspiring and filled with enthusiasm. A history professor who was fair and compassionate.
OK, in my memory bank, I have some folks to emulate. I’ve kept myself cooped up all these years. And it’s been productive, but, as the Reval looms, I know I need to add another gear to my gear shift. It’s called “being sociable” or, at its worst, “getting along.”
It’s early morning. This is prime writing time for me and a friend wants to get together for coffee and “some exciting news.” This is the first of countless opportunities for me to switch gears and “be sociable.”
Before long, as if to help me with my transition, I have a total of three friends all wanting to get together in what is for me prime writing time.
What do I choose? To stay with my writing discipline or take care of my friends. I see this as an opportunity to do both.
I give one friend an hour of patient and interested listening and combine the other two, whom I meet outside for breakfast.
All goes well and I am buried in writing as well, as you can see. Heaven obligingly gave me that gentle introduction to a total life makeover.
How can I help build a world that works for everyone when I’ll be walking into a situation which, ordinarily, for me would be the definition of unworkable?
“Leave me alone. I’m writing!” I’d be nattering to myself. What do I want to be in meetings for? I’m not a meeting person. At the most I prefer one-on-one. What do I care for a walk on the beach? Where’s my laptop? Etc., etc.
And then I’d be in love and bliss writing.
This is a major makeover of my life and what’s involved is just starting to make itself felt. It’s being brought about by my expanding realization of what’s expected of me after the Reval (plus 90-day vacation).
And it won’t be the last “phase” of things. After this comes interfacing between our star family and … you the readers. Explaining what they’re here to do, how they want to work with us, what life is like for them, and so on.
I’m more than ready, as I’m sure you are too.
Life in the army is mostly waiting. And so is ours. The army uses it to prepare. And so will I.