Hell in the Hallway

Mother Earth is changing. 

 Tax season is nearing an end.

Daylight savings is upon us. 

Winter is on its way out and Spring playfully, 

almost cautiously, flirts for our attention.

It tis the season for letting the old go and embracing the new.

May we be kind and loving with ourselves and others 

as we do the same. 

If you want to change, you have to be willing to be uncomfortable.

"When one door of happiness closes, another opens; 

but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see 

the one which has been opened for us."

These words from Helen Keller soften the reality, that feeling of being 

stuck or what I call  "Hell in the Hallway!"

 I have a sign above my office door that reads:  

"Life begins at the end of your Comfort Zone!"  

Upon reading this message, most experience a hint of amusement 

and at the same time, an inkling of inner discomfort.


Needing to be comfortable is one of the strongest driving energies that keep us from making changes, taking risks or actually experiencing and manifesting what we want in Life.  

It's quite subtle really. We stay where we are, in the familiar, having the same experiences over and over again.  Some of us convince ourselves that it's not so bad ~ that our health, our relationships, our daily activities and even our contribution ~ are good enough. We are accustomed to this plateau in our life; it feels safe. It can also be an empty and boring existence if we hold tight to this position for years. Denying ourselves growth and change ~ smothers our very spirit and squeezes out the passion of our dreams.

 Letting go of "needing to be comfortable" frees us up immediately for new experiences.  When we allow ourselves to feel vulnerable, to lower our "shield of familiar", we liberate our courage and enthusiasm for Life and welcome new possibilities!

In the past, I broke out of my comfort zone kicking and screaming- sure that I would drown or be lost.  Then after treading water uncontrollably, (again letting go) I would come up for air to find new information there waiting for me. 

A new identity, a new consciousness with a whole new set of beliefs and understanding, would present itself.   Over the years as I've learned to stop judging myself and the process, making changes in my life have become easier, more enjoyable and definitely more rewarding.

Yet standing in that middle space, that place between "letting go" and "embracing the new" can feel like oblivion, even Hell.  No longer aligning with the old, and not yet recognizing the new.

"When you choose to create harmony, cooperation,

 sharing, and reverence for Life, 

you activate all the parts of your personality that prevent 

you from creating those things 

so that you can recognize them and heal them, 

one by one, choice by choice, decision by decision, 

as they arise."    

~Gary Zukav

 So, when you choose to let go of someone or something 

that no longer serves your highest good,  it's helpful to remember; 

When one door closes, another door. . . will open.  

Yet sometimes, 

it's Hell in the Hallway!