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Post #31: The Obligatory California New-Agey Granola Epiphany

Welcome to the thirty-first post of the Great Writing Challenge of 2012.
Five days a week for six months, I will be given a topic to write about. The stipulation: it must be 250 words (or more), and positive in tone.
If you would like to suggest topics for me to write about, please email me at TheRebeccaProject [at] gmail [dot] com.

Post #31: The Obligatory California New-Agey Granola Epiphany

I feel as though I am emerging from an extended period of fluctuation in my life and am awakening a renewed vigour within. I have experienced great moments (days, even) of clarity, and I have been actively shaping my life to be what I want it to, and what it ought to be. I have goals and dreams to achieve, and I can see now exactly what it is that I need to do to achieve it. It’s so empowering. The fog of uncertainty is clearing!

I have enough clarity to know that it feels fleeting, so I’m taking charge of these moments to chart, grow, learn and develop before it fades.┬áMaybe this is my real California new-agey granola epiphany?

One of the ways in which I am trying to pass it on this new heightened awareness and clarity, is through mentoring a good friend from work. Scorpio and I are very alike and have a similar set of values and traits. It’s such a pleasure to work with someone who is on the same page so I can leave the disclaimers behind. One of the things I admire most about Scorpio is her tenacity. At the moment, she is working on what I think is The Fabulous Idea. But she is on an all-too-familiar undulating wavelength: big peaks with frenzied activity and so many ideas your hand cannot write fast enough to record them, and stagnant troughs in a cycle of self-doubt and mental fogginess.

I believe in Scorpio’s Fabulous Idea, and have really relished being a wise old sounding board. I enjoy working with her to spot potential problems, and address them with solutions. She has been most kind in indulging my need to explore this mentoring angle, too.

A beautiful representation of emotions

[Source: Artist Linda Donohue on Etsy]

The amazing thing is that I can see The Fabulous Idea: I know how it’ll all play out. I have seen it.
She can build something that is useful and has the ability to reach and inspire a great many people. This is potentially a great long-term project — one that personalities like us struggle with (patience is sadly not a virtue bestowed on either of us). But I want to reassure her in the periods of self-doubt that it will work out. It’s going to be a phenomenal experience for her, and is the type of project that will open the doors for her that she deserves. This is a stepping stone to bigger and greater things, but just like me, she’s impatient to get to the good bits!

Through her and in some respects seeing my traits reflected back at me, it has been a real awakening. There is just so much work to do to get where I want to go and also help Scorpio achieve her goals, but it’s just as important (if not moreso), to enjoy the journey there.