Reflecting on my own life and all of its many transitions, I went searching for a quote or an inspirational passage that I could share with a client going through her own. So many books, websites jumped out at me - pick me, pick me - and in the end I chose one passage from Steven Foster and Meredith Little’s work at The School of Lost Borders. Here it is:
“Our modern human experience also includes a multitude of ‘crises,’ ‘accidents,’ ‘upheavals,’ and other traumatic life changes that ask us not only to survive them, but to understand their meaning and to grow thereby - nor is there any escaping these events. As the I Ching says, “A hundred thousand times you lose your treasure, and must climb the nine hills.” How many times in our span of years are we called upon to uproot and transplant, to let go of the old and embrace the new, to end it and go on, to plow under and sow seed, to cease being ignorant and find out, to die and be reborn? How many times will we move from one place to another, change our work or vocation, lose or be separated from a lover or a friend, mourn the death of a mother or a father, conceive, give birth to, miscarry, or abort a child, be devastated by a natural disaster, drop into suicidal depression, survive a near fatal accident, lose our limbs or sensory functions, do violence to or have violence done to us, become parents, grandparents or step-parents (of fur babies, too! - my addition), enter the armed forces, embark on a long journey, become addicted to a drug, or burn out on the job?”
After reading a passage like that - I’ve read and reread it many times - I always come to an expectation. ‘Well? Tell me the answer,' I say in my head. 'Now what?’ Then I remember - that’s where we start, a hundred thousand times!!!
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