Saturday, December 1, 2012

MANAGING TRANSITION GRACEFULLY

Picture of bottle with funny animal with saying, "You don't have to hold on to dear life. Dear life is holding on to you."

 

  I had two mentors in my early theatrical career in the early sixties. One was my acting teacher and the other was my dance teacher. Both of these women told me, "All art is in the transition." Getting from here to there. 
    That perspective has served me well as an artist and in life. Now, I am calling upon that insight once again as my partner, Rochelle, and I face a dramatic transition.
    We are being asked to move by our mortgage company. Well maybe "asked" is downplaying it a bit. Nevertheless, here we are both in our 7th decade and we have to take our stuff  (what we decide to keep) and go somewhere else.
    Right now we don't know where we're going.  While this situation, which includes having very limited income, might engender fear  (it certainly does in many of the people we tell about it--one of people's worst fears is running out of money and being homeless), we are choosing to see it as an exciting creative opportunity. (some may think we're in denial.  If so, so be it.  A lot more joyful than worry and anxiety. Besides, what did worry ever achieve?) This situation also gives us the chance to put into practice one of the concepts from The Urantia Book which has greatly influenced our lives.
    "Uncertainty with security is the essence of the Paradise adventure..."
    The "Paradise Adventure" translated out of Urantia Book jargon means the process of evolving our souls in a never ending evolutionary development that leads to unimaginable creative potential as beings in a far flung universe...or words to that effect.
    The challenge then for us mortals who are going through significant transitions is to stay centered in the faith that we are secure in the Divine embrace, while circumstances are fraught with uncertainty, including danger, confusion, and turmoil. As the photo above suggest, "You don't have to hold on for dear life. Dear life is holding on to youl"
    So, going through this transition gracefully and with confidence is the class we're in. My hope is that we will have a story to tell that will assist and empower others who are or will be going through difficult transitions--dying to one thing and giving birth to something brand new.!

Game on!
Think on't!

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