Inspiration Soup

It’s been mighty quiet here, as I vacillate between inspiration and exhaustion.

This past Sunday, I was alight with ideas after seeing a show at the Hunterdon Art Museum by a colleague. She’s amazes me. I took many photos, but can’t download them and don’t have time to figure out why. I’m hoping that Susanna might show some on her delightful blog.

Then on Monday, I resigned my full-time job. In 6 weeks, I’ll be free of it.

This is a tremendous shift that started out as a dream 5 years ago. Slowly and methodically, different parts of this dream have manifested. NOW is the part that requires the most fearlessness: resigning, saying goodbye and leaving.

Leaving brings up all of the ways I have chosen to say goodbye throughout my life. For the first 30 or so years, the pickins’ were slim. I went with these 2 choices:

  • Disappear rather than face the ending
  • Destroy it — whether it was a job, a romantic relationship, a friendship — so I could walk away easier

Then I began to give as much care to leaving as to other parts. Doing this is a way to honor the person’s place in my life … to honor what I have learned … to honor the pain of saying goodbye.

Along with fearlessness, saying goodbye requires inspiration. So tell me about the ways you have left people and things in your life.

I need to be inspired.

Sedona work in progress. Oil on linen. MC 2008.


4 Responses to “Inspiration Soup”

  1. 1 susanna April 11, 2008 at 12:01 am

    Congratulations for submitting your notice at work!Your next step (I’ll keep it vague here)is going to be a big success! And you are going to have a terrific summer! 🙂

    As for leaving, I’ve disappeared and destroyed in my past, too. I think the best way of saying goodbye, though, is to throw a party!

  2. 2 susanna April 11, 2008 at 12:02 am

    PS – I didn’t post up images of our outing this week, either. I just spend a week without posting and actually it felt good, refreshing.

  3. 3 rubygirl76 April 12, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    what an amazing step!! i am excited for you — i’ll be processing the goodbyes along with as i leave the South to immerse myself among the yankees.

    hmmm….i wonder how i’ll fare…


  4. 4 kristen April 14, 2008 at 4:09 pm

    right on, sister. congratulations. and as one that is in private practice of her own, there is something terribly frightening and so incredibly liberating…you will soar.

    you were missed yesterday, i hope we can do it again very soon, it was great fun. xo

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