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January 02, 2013

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Michele,

Good to hear your "voice." Your absence was noted. I'm glad you shared your feelings about the "fallow" period. I think that MANY people experience this and simply can't allow themselves to accept it. Too scary. Who am I kind of beliefs.
I know that with my work and presence on social media, I have been getting to the point where I think I will scream if I read on more article on leadership or "engagement." I'm craving authenticity - in any form.

Release is also one of my words for the new year.

Empty mind. Don't know mind. Allowing. Releasing.

I recall a friend's advice before I turned 50 - release as much as you can that isn't you.

May the gaps be rich for you in 2013.
Louise

in music, the spacing of silence (rests) is just as important as the notes.

Louise and Margaret--thank you so much for your kind words! Louise, I'm with you on the articles about "leadership," "engagement," etc. I think that if these things were really working, we wouldn't need so much cheerleading going on. I will say that I'm beginning to feel like a cranky Scrooge about this stuff, like we are pushing a drug onto people to get them to forget the fact that there are underlying problems the drugs are masking. . . We shall see. . .

Hi Michelle -- I too have experienced long periods of silence between creative outpourings. I always like to think of it as an "incubation" period. I'm silent but absorbing and making space for a new type of creation that better suits the person I am becoming.

Wishing you a lot of release in 2013 :-)

Michele

With you on this one. It's been a year since my course with you and often reflect on our conversations therein. Its healthy for someone who gives as much as you do to take some time to rejuvenate and delve inwards.
I hope you find time for walks in the mountains or on the beach, and for creative and family pursuits.
What you taught me was to keep an open heart and open mind re where we might re-emerge. Where ever it is I'm sure it'll be wonderful.
And if you seek some new inspiration 'down under' for your 50th year let me know!
Best wishes.

Erin, I like the idea of thinking of it as "incubation," although I find that I'm also impatient with the process, even when I try to picture it as a necessary part of the process. Probably more to the point, I suspect I have a mental time limit I put on these things. A little incubation is OK, but at some point, I begin to feel that I just need to get my act together. :-)

Robyn-thank you for the reminder to the physician to heal thyself. I probably need to take a little of my own medicine and use this as well as a way to learn more about how it feels to be in this place. I have been making more time for art and for engaging with family and friends and that helps. Just wanting it all to come together!

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