Lane Change

Kimberism: The only risks that aren’t a little scary are the ones you’ve outgrown. Price Prichett Have you ever been heading down the road in one lane and suddenly the lane ends, while you are pushed into a new lane? Many people are experiencing this sort of shift in their lives right now.

Many are being pushed out of the comfortable lane they've occupied for some time, feeling awkward, uncertain and off their mark, while reeling in a sense of powerlessness.

Lane shifts can be sudden and dramatic. Back in the 80’s while driving on the 405 freeway in southern California I was actually pushed out of my lane and off the road by an out of control vehicle.

It's clear that sometimes sudden lane changes can be dangerous. When shifting lanes its important to be clear about the direction you are heading in, so you don't end up off the road, taking others with you.

Lane shifts can feel like the hours of labor before a birth, requiring a hefty dose of fortitude. Like in birth, you really don’t know what to expect until the delivery. You can’t see the child’s face, or experience its nature until you can actually grab a hold of it. The same is true while in route through life. You often don’t know what is down the road or around the corner until you get there.

Part of the reason these shifts can be difficult is because small vision needs to be expanded beyond the familiar. The old groove that's been worn in the path needs to be re-routed.

Like birthing a baby, this can’t be contrived. You have to give yourself to the process with plenty of letting go and breathing! Kids do this well. How often do children morph from one activity to the next without distress? We too can embrace the art of childlikeness, releasing our hold on the old and welcoming the new. 

Although I don’t exactly know what my new baby looks like, I am welcoming it instead of resisting it. I am slowing down to ease over into the new lane. I am reading the signs for new direction and I am enjoying the scenery along my route. How about you? Are you in the midst of a lane change?

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