Prompt: Healing. What healed you this year? Was it sudden, or a drip-by-drip evolution? How would you like to be healed in 2011?

Reverb10, Day 19: Healing

Prompt: Healing. What healed you this year? Was it sudden, or a drip-by-drip evolution? How would you like to be healed in 2011?

After closing a devastatingly unprofitable business some three years ago I took what President Obama called a “shellacking,” emotionally, financially and professionally.  As owner-operator of a failed business,  I had to deal with employees who lost their jobs and livelihoods,  family members who had backed me, children whose lifestyles were taken down several pegs and my mate who absorbed huge financial and emotional burdens,  not to mention a never-ending stream of  negotiations with creditors, vendors, and the IRS.

I wouldn’t wish the experience on an enemy.

Failure breeds failure

Several years ago I read Rosabeth Moss Kanter’s excellent book, Confidence: How Winning Streaks and Losing Streaks Begin and End.  From sports teams to companies, she showed how streaks of both types are created and then perpetuated when people gain or lose confidence in them.  Winning streaks enjoy continuous support and investment, which perpetuates their success, while losing streaks get spotty support and are generally starved to the point of failure. In other words, success breeds success and failure breeds failure.

According to Moss Kanter’s research, my trajectory was downward.

Success breeds success

I wasn’t thinking about the healing effects of completing a cross-country motorcycle trip when I got the idea.  Spirit moved me and I obeyed. I thought I took the trip for a number of career reasons; healing certainly wasn’t one of them. Spirit knew best, of course.

The people I met across 20 states saw me through a different lens than those who knew me at my nadir. To them, I was a raging success.  I felt successful, confident. It didn’t occur to me until I was about an hour from home that the inner transformation was complete.

I’m back!

As for 2011 healing, I’m going to get out of my body’s way and let it heal itself. Being gentle with myself, I’ll be observing my relationship with food and following Spirit again. The source of my being knows what’s best for my being and when I tune in, I’ll tune up!

About Tamela Rich

Author Tamela has extensively traveled the U.S. and Canada, delivering her message to Pack Light | Travel Slow | Connect Deep. Her keynotes and workshops include life lessons she has learned through chance encounters on the road.

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