I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Extract from ‘The Road Not Taken’ by Robert Frost.
Last year the word ‘repositioning’ was very much in my mind and I made several significant changes. I took the road not taken, the one ‘less traveled by’ and it has led me to a new place in my life.
So today I want to ask some questions and look at what repositioning means and why sometimes we need to do it. Sometimes we may have been wandering around the same mountain over and over again, namely;feeling stuck. We may be stuck in a pattern of life, stuck in a relationship or friendship, generally stuck.
Repositioning is about movement. It is about change. However in order to change, one needs to be ready to embrace change. And if you are stuck and yet do not want to do anything about it, I would ask have you ever thought about why you do not want to change the situation you are in?
I was in a job that made me unhappy. I would periodically think about handing in my notice and yet I would not do it. I kept on keeping on as the old saying goes and nothing changed. I look back now and I feel that I was not ready to let go. I was not prepared to make the choice that I wanted to change. In truth, I put my notice on a desk and then took it back. Because I was afraid of what lay beyond what I knew.
However after leaving, I got a much better job. I was promoted, found a lovely place to work and life changed. It only lasted a little while, but it showed me that change is a very good thing. So now I don’t need to feel stuck. I embrace change and if things go wrong then I can take a different path.
I want to suggest some steps to change:
- Think about making a change and write down some ideas of what you want to happen
- Talk to trusted friends about what you would like to achieve
- Set some goals i.e. when will I do this by, how will I go about it
- Be accountable to someone as to what you want to achieve
- Go for it!
In this time of pandemic, we can think about the way we do life and ways of doing it differently. So, today’s recipe of hope is to examine your life. Are you stuck? Do you want to make a big change? Think about what is holding you back and why? And think about the poem-perhaps it is worth taking a risk and going down a more unusual route.