I ignored the GPS voice instructing me to make a left turn, preferring to stay on the road less travelled for another mile. The voice was insistent: you’re going the wrong way, make a U-turn, turn left at the next corner. Giving in to my snub, it announced that it was recalibrating.
One of the participants in this morning’s Zoom Kaffee Klatsch declared that she does not intend to return to her previous part-time position after this pandemic. More than 25 years of her life have been given to that organization, and she thinks it is time to move on to something different with no idea what that will be. When our lives are American-busy, there is often no room to dream which is the first step to a new adventure. As difficult as this shelter-in-place has been, it has given many of us time to rethink our trajectory.
Personally I have experienced many times when I wondered what to do with myself, unsteady in thecurrent position with nothing better in sight. Thankfully, those times have also presented me with the best opportunities resulting with very satisfying growth. I have always wanted to experiment with orchestrating music, and this pandemic is giving me an unexpected opening into that world. Quincy Jones need not worry, but for now, it is fun, taxes my brain, and provides a new creative outlet.
Recalibrate. What a great time for us now to consider new directions especially if we are retired and of sufficient means. Travel plans have gone awry leaving us much time to dream with our eyes open for new opportunities. It is remarkable how Life/God/Archetype shows up when we ignore the GPS in our head.