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!
With all my love,
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