The very word hiatus sounds funny. It’s from the Latin, meaning gap, or to gape. And when you take a hiatus it seems like gaping is just what you’re doing—gaping into a space you’ve made, trying to take a breath, get caught up, and get recalibrated.
Hiatuses are good. IF.
If we examine what we’re taking the break from and make a conscious choice to either go back to it, or change our course. That’s where the gaping comes in. Sometimes you need a stare down with your goals.
As 2011 launched I have been doing just that. And you have probably been doing something similar. The calendar turn over is a good reminder to do that. Two things motivated my gaping opportunity, and that is why there has been a little hiatus in the blog. First, my son decided right before Christmas to get married—in January! That in itself can create a hiatus. But second, I wanted to reconsider how this blog works, and how to make it worth both our whiles.
Let’s talk surprise wedding for a minute, because it actually relates to making this blog work for reader and writer. My son is in the Army and will be deploying to Afghanistan in March. Because the date got moved up, he and the love of his life listened to their hearts and pledged their vows to one another in January.
Now the logical side of our brain might tell us they should wait, should be sure, so much uncertainty. But the other side of our brain tells us, NOW, NOW is the time. This is what we’ve got. This is all we’ve got.
So part of the hiatus was to plan and enjoy my son’s wedding. The other part was a focus adjustment. Like a camera seeking auto-focus, I have come to see how the three parts of my work flow together. I work in the areas of business change, personal change, and resilience.
All rotate around the core of making choices on purpose (hence the name of the book, blog, website, etc.)
We’re going to continue to focus on being on purpose, because it puts us squarely in this minute, and gets us responding to what is happening as opposed to what we imagine is happening, good or bad. And I believe it is most effective at the crossroads of change at work, change of heart, and the resilience to keep it going, to keep changing.
So lets get busy gaping, looking hard into our center, and moving our lives ahead one step at a time.