Give yourself time

I heard this on the radio today:  “Healing is a process, not an event.”  It’s not a new concept by any means, but it really struck me today.  You can replace “healing” with just about any word or phrase: grieving, losing weight, running a marathon, loving someone…

The talk show hosts talked to one guest who was related to a serial killer and the other guest who was related to someone who had been murdered.  One of the guests said that many family members want the death penalty for the killer because when the killer is eventually put to death, it’s over and they can move on.  And that’s when he said, “Healing is a process, not an event.”

We’re not done dealing with whatever “the thing” is because of one event; we have to work on it and through it for years…if not our whole lives.

Don’t ask me why this phrase really stuck with me today, except it’s a really good reminder.  I’ve got to let go of a few expectations and realize that some things — good things (like homemade bread) — take time.

How about you?  Can you relate?  Do you agree or disagree with me?

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Wait, I’m still here!

Yeah, I know I’ve been away for a while but I can explain!  I think of writing here often, but time just gets away.  Remember my ADOP?

In my last blog post, I mentioned my many supportive friends.  Long story short, I had dinner with one of those supportive friends and when she talked about how busy she was at her job, I jokingly asked, “Any way I can help?”  The next thing I knew, I had an interview with her boss and was offered a job! My head was spinning for days!  I started on January 3rd and I’m enjoying myself.  The first few days were tough – new computer systems to learn, new acronyms, new procedures…but it feels good.

When I found out I got the job, I had a moment of panic…only two weeks to accomplish all the things I didn’t get done during my time of unemployment?!  Yikes!  Instead of freaking out, I decided to treat those two last weeks of “freedom” as vacation and focused on Christmas, reading, napping and watching movies.  It was great.  There will always be a to do list, so I’ll just keep working on it a bit at a time.

Hey, guess what?  I’m a published author!  The Snohomish County Business Journal published two articles of mine:  Vacant offices have kept a lid on rents and Some commercial real estate sectors are likely to feel more recovery.  I can’t tell you how cool it is to see my name in print and online.  Writing for the paper was a new experience and a different process, but I look forward to doing more of that…

…especially since I’m now a business entity, too!  I’m still working on my business plan and website, but Diane Beason Communications, LLC is now a reality.

2011 is going to be a good year…I can tell.  But one of these days, we really need to talk about some of the drivers I’m following during my commute…scary!!  Keep your eyes on the road!

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