(continuation of Journeys Base Page plus Azile’s Journey previous Post) When anyone sets out to do something different, a hurdle people encounter is the lack of support. How many instead say: “You can’t leave your job because you will lose your insurance.” “You can’t go to the Peace Corps because ….” “You can’t leave your job without another job.” When you do feel compelled to follow your own inner voice, make sure it is loud and strong. The vast majority fall within the group that doubts and you will hear more objections than affirmations. In Azile’s Journey – a hurdle I encountered was the mindset of people.
I name two groups: those who follow the linear path or those who choose the opposite. Those who follow the non-linear route tend to act more supportively. In my life I always have chosen what I felt compelled to do. Happiness or Joy should guide an individual’s choices. That means paying attention to reoccurring emotions that signal something important. I may have waited longer to decide or act hastily at times. Whatever the case, I normally created another opportunity, adventure, or path as a result. With Azile’s Journey, if you believe in a force greater than yourself, that force does not operate in the realm of 1+1 = 2. For if he or she did, then we could control it based on logic and it would only exist within our understanding.
Since this force operates beyond our understanding, I have found that it’s best not to try to figure out everything. In Azile’s Journey It is much easier to set a general course and let your experiences, insights, and people guide you to your final destination. After you start the journey and let go, this force operates like the wind. It can set you on or off course, cause a hurdle, provide comfort or a fast speedy arrival. Its presence always reminds you that its about the journey anyways.
Hurdles you encounter can be self-imposed fears, solid realities, or metaphorical walls, etc. …. Never attach yourself to outcome when you set out on any journey. For instance, when I aspired to a specific sustainable energy position, it was a glimpse of an idea I threw in the hat. When I realized a hurdle of physical limitations, I began to open myself up to other opportunities. I posted a Resume. I found a global marketplace to experiment with my writing.
My second hurdle was the mindset of one temporary agency I had been invited to interview with. I have several successful professional level positions and I was appalled at their “cattle” approach to interviews. I met with a young individual who “wrote me off” within the first ten minutes on our meeting based on their computer error which cut off the last five years of my work history. Another representative spoke with me very candidly but still presented a “metaphorical wall”. Basically I listened to an hour of why it would be very difficult to place me. Ironically, they had called me to set up an interview. After the 3 hour microscopic examination I left feeling worse than I did before I entered. When they called the next day about some small opportunity I passed because I knew my worth. At this stage the only reason I would jump at an opportunity was if it was fantastic.
On Azile’s Journey I needed to do something to transform the negative events of the past. I would take some time off to explore. This was one of the first of many examples of how “mindsets” play a role in limiting or creating opportunities for others. Having been in positions where I interviewed people sometimes people are just looking for a good fit for the team. Everything else is secondary so what you have on paper may just be a foot in the door and exceptions are always made if someone really want you bad enough.