Last week I was entering my grocery store and realized that I was feeling pushed out of the space. A plethora of displays for Halloween with multitudes of candy and goblins were in my way as I maneuvered my cart towards the vegetables. I realized something.
Each holiday season, as I frequent the hubs that supply me with my living needs, I start to walk differently, maneuver defensively, so that I can make it through the aisles. The displays push into my familiar paths and I have to be more alert. I start to want to frequent these establishments less and turn to online opportunities. The parking lots change as well as the traffic flows and I feel like I just want to crawl inside myself. I feel that I need to shrink. The more I shrink, the less I express. The less I express or choose, the less there is of me and my convictions.
As the space around me changes, just for a time, perhaps I need to make space for tolerance, for creativity, for better. Perhaps my comfort zone needs some redefining during these times. It is more than adjusting; it is creating a new reality within a defined space.
Changing patterns requires perseverance. Courage. Thought.
Making room for new paths requires a new map that encompasses a marvelous trek that is defined by commitment.
As I reframe this for myself, perhaps you will too. As you walk through your personal familiar environments in the coming months, perhaps you will ask yourself as I will, ” What do I need to make space for in my life?” Then, create the path to get there.
I will be along side you opening up to what is next and making space for celebrations.