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A blog by Louise Gallagher

Caution: Possibility of ice. Do you have any brain de-icer?

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Spring-like weather is descending upon our city and with it, the melting of snow during the day and sheets of ice forming during the night as temperatures dip just below freezing with the sun’s setting.

Earlier this week, a patch of snow on the roof caused a sheet of ice to form at the corner of our walkway as you approach the front door. The first time I tried to traverse it, I almost slipped. We promptly threw some de-icer and it disappeared. It took a few more de-icings before the mound of snow on the corner of the roof melted and de-icing was no longer necessary.

Like life. There are patches of tricky spots, unhealed spaces, unknown hurts that lurk waiting to slip us up as we navigate life’s roads. De-icing is necessary.

This past week I have immersed myself in navigating new waters as the organization I work for prepared to name its new Executive Director. It is bittersweet for me. I love the work I do. Love working with the families we serve and the team. I love the feeling that comes with making a difference.

As in all things, however, doors open and close, opportunity knocks and new horizons beckon.

I have always been clear with our Board of Directors that I am not prepared to commit to more than a couple of years in this role. They needed more and thus, yesterday, a new ED was announced.

At the beginning of the week when I was informed of the decision, my ego, in concert with the nasty critter who likes to remind me of my human frailties, tripped me up. “See. I told you so. Nobody wants you,” it whispered fiercely. “You don’t belong.”

Now, those are old core messages that emanate from my lizard brain in moments when I feel unsafe, fearful or at risk. I know them. I see them and hear them, but, if I don’t step into the light, lift myself up to my executive brain functioning, they can cause me to slip back into the icy waters of self-deprecation.

If you’ve followed my writing this week, you will have witnessed my journey from uncertainty to clarity.

Life is filled with opportunities to explore hidden areas of our pysches where icy patches exist that need the warming grace of light and Love. It is those patches that growth and surrender co-exist to bring us back to our magnificent selves waiting to shine. It is in those places that possibilities arise and hope lives unending.

My tenure at the family homeless shelter where I work is coming to an end. There is no firm date yet as I work with the new ED on a transition plan. What I know though is that the transition will be grace-filled because doing it with grace is how I prefer to exit every stage of my life. And I do love a good swan song!

I am excited. I have dreams and schemes and ideas to create an exciting new path for myself. A path full of potent possibility, passion and purpose, A path where anything is possible because when I de-ice the tricky spaces in my lizard brain, I am free to shine and soar and step with grace into every possibility that opens up on my path.

Namaste.

Author: Louise Gallagher

I believe in wonder. I believe we are all magnificent beings of divine beauty. I believe we can make a difference in this world, through every act, word, thought. I believe we create ripples with everything we do and say and want to inspire everyone to use their ripple to create a better world for everyone. I'm grateful you're here.

8 thoughts on “Caution: Possibility of ice. Do you have any brain de-icer?

  1. You will be amazing wherever you go, whatever you do.

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  2. It seems it was yesterday you took on this challenge. You have made a mark, you have done well. Life is good. Move forward, head held high, for the past has given you an extensive toolkit to deal with whatever awaits you just around the corner.

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    • Thank you Iwona. I am excited about my forward motion and possibilities. I’m taking the summer to r&r and then… In fact, in June, I’m heading out to the coast for a couple of weeks to spend time with my grandson, daughter and son-in-love. All is well with my soul. Hugs

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  3. It’s a big step into the unknown. People always talk about the financial implications of retirement and no one talks about how your self worth can get washed away with the door swinging shut. Even if it’s your choice (and mine was 100% mine) it’s still a tough adjustment as the sand you stood on shifts. Friendships disappear as they went with the job apparently and you feel disconnected in an unfamiliar way.
    But time moves on and the door that swung shut also moved to open new light. Walking towards the next years involves many levels of challenges.
    Take care. Enjoy your last few weeks there and take the accolades you seem to deserve.

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