Change is in the air….you can feel it! And whether you like it or not, the change will come. Our lives are filled with change….births, deaths, going off to school, marriage, new babies, weather, new jobs or no job, retirement, new friends, lifestyle changes and so it goes.
I happen to be one of those people who loves and embraces change and the time of transitions. That is not to say, I don’t find them frustrating and challenging at times, but for me, they are a time of growth. One of the things we know about transitions and change is that there are definitely three stages….Ending…losing…letting go, the Neutral Zone and the New Beginning.
It seems that the Neutral Zone may be the most challenging and hardest. I like to call the Neutral Zone, “Muddling”…neither here nor there, uncertain, lost, unsure, lack of focus. The Neutral Zone is where the work of our transition has to take place…not easy, but if you do the work, find the focus, develop clear personal direction, you’ll come out on the other side with a much more successful New Beginning.
Our success or lack of success through the transitional changes of our lives is our attitude and our actions that follow. If you think you can’t, you can’t. If you think you can, you can.
So what does this have to do with beading? Our beading should always be in transition too…learning new skills and techniques, learning new work habits, making new beading friends, new experiences which help us grow in skill and pleasure of creating. Sure, learning can sometimes be a challenge, but if you think you can, you can!
(If you want to find out more about Transitions, check out the work of William Bridges, PhD.)