Carry On

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A client sent me the inspiring 4-minute video below. On the anniversary of 9/11, it seems important to notice how dynamic life is. It always moves forward. We can lose precious things and still carry on yet never forget. Honorable Closure can take years, or come in one clear moment of choice to be grateful, forgive, let go, be free. Time is enough for all of that.

The time-lapse photography of expansive San Francisco Bay views reminds me of life’s insistence on moving forward. Nature doesn’t look back. She lets go of what no longer serves her evolution and gets on with it. Depending on your point of view, that can seem harsh, benevolent, beautiful or benign. Regardless, nature can be our teacher.

The man who sent this to me is reeling from the news that the corporate division he’s been leading for two years will be phased out next quarter. His voice was raspy when we spoke by phone. He knew this day would come—and he knows how to read the corporate tea leaves—but hearing the official news was a blow, made worse by his recent decision to end his marriage. This is an epic period in his life, filled with endings and beginnings. He asked me to work with him and his team to celebrate the project  and have honorable closure with each other and the company.

Pablo Nerudo said, “You can pick all the flowers but you can’t stop the spring.” Even when you are feeling fear and despair, especially then, it is important to trust the unfailing nature of life and its incessant need to move ahead. It will take you with it. This too shall pass.  How can you tend to it so that it will not come back to haunt you?

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