Last week I had lunch at the Raindrop Café (vegan heaven) with my long time friend, T. We met through work over fifteen years ago, and don’t get to see each other often. But when we do, sparks fly.
T is as smart as they come. No matter what she touches, her combination of brainpower and smile-power overcome obstacles. She is now trying her hand at writing—see http://yogagirlgoesvegan2.blogspot.com
In this blog she experiments with lots of things. On the surface, it is about “the ups and downs of lifestyle transformation from omnivore to vegan.” But underneath, it is about the life skills we all need to cope, stay resilient, and keep laughing.
Speaking of resilient, as we talked about our current work, she made a keen observation about my worries about my own work, those moments of stuckness I feel. She saw right through me, and reminded me that the work itself is resilient. I just have to let it go and let it find its own targets. You gotta love people who love you and want you to grow. They help you see what’s right in front of you.
Sometimes we (I) get fixated on one way to do things. Maybe letting it go is the answer—and as T observes, letting it go doesn’t mean giving it up. (See her funny post on October 17, 2010.) Letting it go works—physically and mentally.
So my vegan-girl friend is letting go in a very novel way. Through a combination of life style change, working a minimum wage job at mid-life, and exploring her writing voice, she is the poster child for “guided drift”. She’s making choices and guiding her experiences, all while letting a sea change in her life provide just the right amount of drift to create some fresh experiences.
I’ll be following vegan-girl and her adventures. She inspires me to balance attention with letting go. What new adventure are you cooking up for yourself? And what needs letting go to make it happen?