Several years ago while working for a major corporation I made a big screw up that cost the company lots of money. I felt mortified, but also refused to allow this error to ruin my confidence.
To break out the big guns against self-flagellation, I went home that night with an expensive bottle of champagne. If nothing else, I could celebrate the fact that I would never make that kind of mistake again!
Celebration can be a powerful alchemist. But do you ever find that in the quest to celebrate all of life, running towards the things you’d like to run from, can leave you with a case of spiritual whiplash?
They say that the opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.
I would also say that the opposite of hate is not love, it’s indifference.
A poignant lesson in this for me happened around finalizing my divorce. My ex-husband and I are good friends and our parting was amicable. But divorce is a loss no matter how you spin it.
When I knew the papers where on their way, my impulse to celebrate change at all costs kicked in. I thought about calling my girlfriends to come over for a raunchy divorce party and pole dance the night away.
But the truth was, I didn’t want to greet my mail man with a glass of champagne anymore than I wanted to throw a pie in his face.
I just wanted to greet him. Period.
I didn’t need to sugarcoat the experience any more than I needed to cover it with salt.
I tasted the moment before deciding if it needed any seasoning.
Like citrus bitters added to a well-made Old Fashioned, life just wouldn’t be as sweet without the contrast.
Discomfort can be so delish.
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