Moving Forward In Personal Growth Through a Mid-life Transition

Guest Post on Prill Boyle’s Defying Gravity – The importance of personal growth in mid-life.

Moxie Virtual Book Tour September 14, 2011

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“Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not quite, the not at all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach. Check your road and the nature of your battle. The world you desired can be won. It exists, it is real, it is possible, and it is yours." – Ayn Rand

I discovered the importance of my personal growth in the first 50 years of my fabulous life, s I wore many hats in different styles, sizes and colors.  All were neatly stored in the hatbox called motherhood.  I have raised a total of seven children and have loved every moment.  I wouldn’t trade any of them for a paid career.  But at the midpoint of my journey, with all my children grown and gone, I found myself asking one simple question: “What do I want to do when I grow up?”

Most of us have made the mistake of attaching our worth to others at some point in our lives, and I am no different.  Now I felt stuck in my journey of personal growth – one of my dainty size 7 stilettos firmly planted in the past and the other cemented right in front of me.  How could I move forward?
As I “shopped for one” in the fruit section, I reflected on my worries.  Suddenly, I imagined myself as an orange, that amazing miracle of Mother Nature which grows on a tree with a face full of sunshine.  I decided right then and there that my life was no longer just a pile of orange pieces–some full of pits that choked my desires and goals; others as dry as cardboard because I hadn’t drunk enough from the abundance this wonderful universe had provided me.
Now I saw all the pieces back they belonged, covered with the protection of a beautiful bright orange rind, full of zest, color, flavor and aroma.  I could feel every drop of juice nourishing my dreams and encouraging me to move forward, and I could see every pit as a seed of creativity stoking the fires of my personal growth with determination, enthusiasm and humor….
I finished my shopping exercise and stopped to look inward at the dreams and goals I still wished to achieve.  I decided at that moment to re-evaluate each on a regular basis and shift my energies to bring joy and balance to my life.  The robust orange has become a symbol of the moxie my personal growth had all along.  My peel has grown strong enough to shoulder the load I must bear and shield me from the opinions of others.  I am full of love and, most importantly, I am brilliantly me, as brilliant as the orange on my counter-top.
My stilettos are now moving forward!

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