Things change. That’s about all I really know to be true.
In the face of change it’s sometimes hard to know who you are any more or what you want from life because life keeps changing its conditions. My work with Pilot Fire is all about how to adapt to change, to actually invite it into our lives with gusto and still somehow hold onto our confidence that we know ourselves more and more by how we face change. That’s not easy.
My mother died a few weeks ago.
My aunt died two weeks before that.
My dearest friend of 30 years went away for good this summer.
My father almost lost his life as well.
It’s been a year of loss for me, and I can also say it’s also been a year of the most extraordinary beauty. My brothers and I have grown so much closer to each other as a result of our grieve and mutual support. I’ve traveled to places inside my soul I could only go by witnessing death. I’ve witnessed the best people have to offer when we go there together. I am still me, but I am completely changed.
A New Life for Pilot Fire
Something about Pilot Fire will change as well.
For the past six months my roles of Breadwinner, User Experience Designer, Son, and Brother have dominated my Week’s Plans. It’s obvious I couldn’t sustain my writing to you twice a week. I love it so much, but I need to shift my priorities again and turn my attention to making the business of Pilot Fire sustainable; I want to be your role model in making a life I believe in and that means re-crafting Pilot Fire into business that helps people and gives me a good income. Simple enough. I know I can do it; I even know how.
It might be a dream of yours as well— having work you believe in that also supports you. Or is there something else you set aside in 2013? What will you change in 2014?
If you are in San Francisco on Jan 26, please join me for the best workshop I hold. It’s called the Great Year Workshop. I will be leading a terrific group of folks through an inspirational, practical process to help us collect our thoughts about the past year and focus on creating a viable plan for 2014. I love doing this. I think you will too, and for the next couple weeks the price is discounted for a handful of people who sign up right away.
Finally, my readers, please accept my deep gratitude for your loving support, your honesty, and your courage you show through your letters and emails to me and the conversations to each other you make in the comments of this blog. They are a testimony to our shared cause which I will sum up as, living life to its fullest.