Renewal by Design

Renewal by Design

By: Susan Deborah Schiller

Renewal, for me, happens when I enter the unknown For me, it's "renewal by design" as I intentionally trade the safe route for the unknown. 

One early spring-like day, I was on my first "dot-dot-dot" road, which means sometimes there's a path and sometimes not. The map uses dots to warn you the road will be invisible much of the time.

You're in the middle of nowhere. You can't hear traffic, no airplanes flying overhead, and not a sound except insects, once you shut off the motor.

Uncharted. Wild. Free.

Many of us are in the dot-dot-dot lanes of life, as the winds, floods, and fires sculpt the inner terrain of our souls. You may have lost everything, as I did. It's where the road suddenly ended.

Some of us have ventured off the chart and we're pioneering in the wild, untamed atmosphere of change. Like my friend, Esther, whose family moved from Boston and is living in a yurt on a mountain in Idaho… not to escape, but to FIND their BEST LIFE.

We write our stories because we discover where we came from and gain the courage to explore the gap between Now and Wonderful. I call this renewal by design.

Can there be good coming from the great life interruptions? 

More and more of us are shaking off the dust of the broken foundations we built our lives upon and emerging into the dawn of a new age… the age of microentrepreneurs and the need for creative people to take leadership who are accustomed to the uncharted path!

These are some of the thoughts I've been pondering during my time on the dot-dot-dot paths.

Losing it all and starting over again, perhaps, isn't so bad…. because renewal by design means living my best life, not the life demanded of me.

How about you? Do you need a new story? A new love story? A new money story? A new career story? Or perhaps a whole overhaul, like I did? 

You might consider "renewal by design" as you intentionally get off the charted path. Don't wait for disaster to hit. Explore the unknown. Write your story with intentionality. Live from your passion and purpose. Remember, great beauty and good can arise from the ashes of tragedy and trauma. Expect great things to happen!

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Writing prompt: Using 500-1000 words, describe your post-trauma world. Imagine how you are arising from those ashes, with gratitude.

If you hadn't lost everything you would still be stuck in _____ and doing ____. Write about the benefits of waking up. Take it a bit further than you feel comfortable. Get off the chart. Create a new path for your life.

Where do you want to be? What do you see yourself doing? If your vision isn't yet clear, maybe this post will help you to define your goals. In the meantime, have fun with this writing prompt and don't worry if it changes again and again as you shed the scales of old world thinking and begin to see yourself and the world more clearly!

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With all my love,

Sue

Susan Schiller knows how it feels to lose everything: marriage and family, church and reputation, finances and businesses, and more. Susan's upcoming, interactive memoir, "On the Way Home," tells the story of how she came to be known as "the most abused woman" her counselors had yet met and how she learned to navigate to freedom and fullness.  
 
Today Susan helps people write their life stories, unearthing the treasures of their past and sowing them into their future, creating new family legacies.
 

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Phil Lancaster February 25, 2015 at 12:51 am

There is nothing better than the great outdoors. I think its hard to "Be still and know that I am God" when you live in a busy, noisey city. But when you get out to into the middle of nowhere you are more likely to experience "being still". It's a great reason to live in New Zealand, there's lots of "middle-of-nowhere".

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Susan Schiller February 25, 2015 at 6:49 am

New Zealand, I have always wanted to experience that land of peace and country living! Thanks for visiting, Phil 🙂

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Sue Glashower October 21, 2013 at 8:21 pm

I find that getting outside and enjoying nature and the beauty around me always refreshes me and makes me feel better! It gets me out of my routine and makes me feel closer and more in-tune with God. Life is full of twists and turns – you never know where God is leading you next on your journey. Have a blessed week Susan!

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Susan Schiller October 21, 2013 at 8:39 pm

You glow with health, Sue, and from the pictures I’ve seen of your family, they are shining with good health, too! What a blessed family is yours… so much wisdom and truth in you! I’m glad we are blogging friends! 🙂

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Gertraud Walters October 18, 2013 at 10:21 pm

We all need a break-out from our Home environment at times. Different air, different quietness and different hustle and bustle. It helps us to realize that we ought not to be conformed to this world , but transformed by the renewing of our mind.  Thanks for this post Susan.

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Susan Schiller October 19, 2013 at 1:45 pm

I totally agree with you, Gertraud…. even now, I’m considering a trip to Michigan… changing our environment really helps to keep us sharp! Thanks for visiting, Gertraud 🙂

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Linda Henslee October 17, 2013 at 8:51 pm

Loved your adventure story. Sometimes I wish I could just up and go. Sadly, reality pulls me back down into the life I've created. Maybe it's time to create a new life! 

Thanks!

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Susan Schiller October 18, 2013 at 5:40 am

Hi Linda,

I can’t “up and go” all the time either – but every once in awhile it’s life-transformation just to get out, even if it’s only a place right in town, not far away. I hope you get the chance to create some time and space to get out and enjoy yourself!!!

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Peggy Nolan October 17, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Dear Susan,

I can very much relate to this as I have lost (at the time, I thought I had lost everything) and traveled an amazing journey of healing, hope, and happiness – a journey I never want to end.

I love lyrical way in which you write.

Peggy

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Peggy Nolan

http://thestepmomstoolbox.com

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Susan Schiller October 17, 2013 at 1:51 pm

Peggy,

I’d love to hear more about your amazing journey, one day… thanks so much for reading and for sharing part of your story!

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Marya @ You Pinspire Me October 17, 2013 at 1:15 pm

Thanks for sharing part of your story!  Mine is on a great path so far.  And I that it's in good Hands!

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Susan Schiller October 17, 2013 at 1:21 pm

Hi Marya,

To enjoy your path is a great blessing, indeed! Thanks so much for visiting and sharing 🙂

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Sarah October 17, 2013 at 1:09 pm

I find my best thinking and relaxing is also done in the middle of no-where outdoors. I live in a huge city right now, and I try to take every opportunity I can to lose myself in the quiet of parks and camping trips when time and budget allow.

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Susan Schiller October 17, 2013 at 1:14 pm

Hi Sarah,

I’m right with you! I lived for 20-years in Chicagoland and the nature preserves really helped to bring me into balance! Thanks so much for reading and sharing! 🙂

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