As my favorite east coast nephew and I strolled into Target he pulled my hand and pointed up, “Look Auntie” and laughed. As I looked up there were cardboard pencils suspended in the air that looked like rockets as a part of the Back to School Marketing extravaganza that has swept the US. My Instagram and Facebook feeds are full of pictures of the young mostly smiling occasionally front toothless children of friends and family. Moms of the Twitterverse are sharing their ideas for getting back into the swing of the school year and prepping for transition such as first year of middle school and starting high school. And then there are those of us who are going back to school ourselves or maybe back to work or if you’re like me your still settling in after moving back to the east coast. The B word is stamped all over sweet September. And I’m not fighting it. Mostly because there is something to going back in order to move forward.
I’m not a fan of living life in reverse. I am a fan of learning from the past in order to better live in the present and plan for the future. Let’s face it there is a reason cars have rearview mirrors. And how often do we use them to back up, then pull forward, to park, get out, and do whatever we need to do for the day or evening. What’s behind us serves a purpose as to what lies ahead of us. If we don’t pay attention to what’s happened to us (and I mean pay attention, not ruminate, dwell on, or recreate) we fun the risk of trying to build our dreams on unstable foundations, foundations that are made of denial, avoidance, ad cover ups. The past can be a powerful teacher so that in the future we can be powerful masters.
This month we’ll talk about what going back can look like, why it can be daunting, closure, the power of acknowledging pain as well as pulling out the positives, and how to journey back to ourselves and the core values, behaviors, and relationships that make room for us to LIVE well.
It’s September and I just want to say Welcome Back! xxoo