“I am putting on my life again like a dear old corduroy jacket, worn but comfortable.”
There were times when Laura looked pretty normal to those around her when she felt like she was barely holding it together. Now, a new chapter of her story is emerging just as there is a new story emerging for you.
There have been times when I have looked pretty normal (as in my version of normal) when I haven’t been. Most people, after all, are most comfortable when things stay the same no matter how mediocre or how bad they may be, it is still more comfortable than doing things differently.
Standing up and saying “I’m sorry. This isn’t working.” is unworkable to most.
Otherwise would so many people be suffering in unhappy careers, in unhappy relationships, in both? Dana Adam Shapiro’s research says only 17% of married couples are happy. 83% are either just getting by in their marriage or are downright unhappy. Forbes tells us 47.2% of the population is satisfied with their job. This doesn’t mean they are thrilled about it, they are satisfied with it. And this is better than it was four years ago.
These statistics could either depress me or inspire me. It is my choice.
I’m more like Laura in the beginning of her new chapter.
Laura feels like she is putting her life on again, like that dear old corduroy jacket that stayed in the recesses of her closet for a long, long time.
She has chosen to take action, take baby steps, toward feeling consistently happy, satisfied and that ever nebulous yet equally important ‘awake and alive’.
For the next two weeks, we’re going to take on the “What’s up with unworkable” and “Being bold enough to write your next chapter” here on the blog.
Stand by. Exciting things are coming.
Are you ready to put on your life again?
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