Monday, June 17, 2013
Heavy vs. Light
I read a quote attributed to the late Steve Jobs recently where he compared the heaviness of being successful to the lightness of being a beginner again. I am in that heavy versus light conversation with myself these days. A few weeks ago, I left a job that I believe I had a certain degree of success doing. It gave me meaning and I enjoyed the type of work I did and the people with whom I worked. There is great joy in such an unusual employment experience that combines purpose and passion. But, I knew that it was time for a new path, just I had done a couple of other times in my professional life. Each time, I've given up what I've known and embarked on a new journey, a new beginning, a new industry. New beginnings bring opportunities to explore important, little discovered facets of ourselves. As Steve Jobs said, there is a lightness in being able to be a beginner again. You shed the so-called baggage of your past, including the possible heaviness of having found success in something, and you start again with very little in your luggage other than the optimism and hope for an exciting and meaningful tomorrow. As one who craves some certainty, I almost shock myself each time I leap out of my comfort zone and start anew, but my wings are light these days, just like the summer breezes, and I realize that the things I am learning about myself right now are among some of my greatest lessons.