The solstice of winter approaches and it is no time to lie inert–not in the career and not in life.
The earth may seem to be merely rolling over in her sleep, but appearances can deceive. Actually, this is the midpoint of life’s Big Changes. This is the place where a chain of discrete but related, significant actions happen that result in the cumulative effect others will see as a “total change”. All this work goes unseen by the sun. This is the time of putting on the finishing touches of the new form of career existence.
Put ear close to the soundless speech of midwinter, the time of active dreaming. This could be called the period of REM sleep in a career change. This is when practicing and integrating acquired new knowledge happens; when we actualize and activate the dream in practical ways with purpose and motivation combined with intention. This is the stage when we make the dream real; when we take and compete the tests which prove the strength of our new competence and the readiness to go into the work using all the newly acquired skills.
In Autumn, decisions to change are made after assessing spring and summer’s produce. By the fires of memory in early winter, we indulge deep thought, consideration and meditation on the meaning of what we gained from examination of seasons gone by. All this goes on while healing and repairing from earlier hurts, coming to the acceptance of the “new reality” stage in the mourning process and the re-warming of purpose grown cold. Then, right in the middle of imagining a new future harvest, while rifling through the seed catalogs of the new desired result, while envisioning that result, drawing the images and wisely planning the needed steps to gain that result, we look up and see that the sun is returning!
The time of silence is coming to an end. Every detail of the plans for bringing that new career into existence must finalized. All the “seed beds” of progressive, positive career movement must be drawn in their places and ready to be laid. All the seeds must be chosen and ready to be planted–Allies to be acquired must be located. Their names, faces, and positions must be assembled. Direction must be be clear. Hurry! Hurry! Hurry! Spring is not far away. More and deeper snow is ahead, but in mid-winter the vision of the new career spring must be in place and strong.