Guest blogger and long-time friend Kristin Lennert Murra is exploring several themes related to initiating dramatic changes, and finding ways to flourish while doing so.
I hope you enjoy this series and that you’ll take a moment to give us some feedback. Perhaps it will even inspire you to submit topic ideas or raise your hand to be a guest blogger yourself! ~Sheree
Knowledge is power. We all know it, even though sometimes “ignorance is bliss” might feel like a better mantra.
We learn things every day, like sponges constantly absorbing information, from the time we are young until long after retirement. Many of these things shape who we are and how we see the world around us. All of life is an education, and we are going to experience its lessons whether we are trying to or not.
Some knowledge is pursued with deliberation, like a master’s degree or advanced professional certification, giving us more credibility in our chosen profession as well as immense pride and a sense of accomplishment. Some things are learned by experience—like touching a hot stove, eating questionable sushi or falling in love with someone who breaks your heart. We nurse our wounds, get ourselves back together and are more aware the next time we are in a similar situation. Sometimes wisdom is found in solitary moments, with the world quietly providing enlightenment. Other times it’s helpful to talk with people, hearing their insight and getting a perspective that might be eluding us. But in each instance, we are seeking clarity.
Some lessons can be harder to learn than others, and at times we close our eyes to information we don’t want to know, truths we don’t want to acknowledge. We ask ourselves lots of questions, try to work through the murkiness, and realize there is more than one answer to every question. But at the heart of each bit of information gleaned, there is honesty, an authenticity to what’s been discovered.
So what’s the point—what do we do with all that honesty, all that knowledge? (Funny; I ask myself this all the time.)
We make decisions, choices that we think will be good for us and those we love. Maybe it’s making a career change, moving somewhere new, staying together or breaking up, or just finding a new place for sushi. We have the power to create change, and once the decision is made the process begins again, with new things to learn and experience—every one of them getting us closer to the place(s) we want to be.
The theme song for this post is “Closer to Fine” by the Indigo Girls, from their self-titled album. At the end of the series, you’ll be able to download the entire playlist for the blog series. ~Kristin