At some point eventually, inevitably, this ‘vessel’ that I am starts to splinter apart into fragments. Like a ship, I feel as though I am sinking into the abyss from the overload of work related stress, over-commitment, overwhelm, resentment, disenchantment, illness and out of balance state. It’s too much for too long. The cracks run deep now. I am no longer a stable, sustainable vessel. Trying to bail out what burdens me seems futile. This time the S.O.S message is REAL. “Save Our Soul” whispers the soft, reverberating voice in my mind.
“Ships don’t sink because of the water around them; ships sink because of the water that gets in them. Don’t let what’s happening around you get inside you and weigh you down.” – Unknown
Standing at the proverbial fork in the road, a distinct and crucial choice is before me. More of the same – surely at the demise of my eroding personal well-being. Or charting a new course – navigating with my inner compass into something unknown requiring courage, trust and curiosity that will lead me to a better quality life. One that feels purposeful. One that inspires and energizes me to be in greater service for humanity and the planet. One that nourishes my soul and my connections in life.
This is my story. I was in a job that became soulless for me over time and I eventually made the necessary choice to leave a 16.5-year career to embark on a transformational journey to create the life I desire to live. Through this blog series, it is my intention to share my experience and what I have learned throughout this journey so far to provide a place of support and inspiration for others during their journey of job and lifestyle change – from getting to a state of readiness to taking creative action. My hope is that you too will share your personal stories for engaging, meaningful conversation. May we support each other in creating health-full, purposeful lives with grace and confidence.
Stay tuned for the next entry How Did I End Up Here?
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