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Day 24–Cathedral Rock or Bust

Jen and I walked up to Cathedral Rock today. Literally, walked up, crawled at some points and jumped at others. It is considered a “strenuous” climb in the hiking guide. I remember when I we tried in 2009 to climb to the top. Jen was sick with bronchitis and I was not doing well. I felt emotionally beaten at work and had chosen to wait for the axe to fall instead of walking away. So, it took it’s toll. I did not feel strong, emotionally, spiritually, physically.

You see I knew I was going to be fired or I needed to quit. I sought the advice of an insider and learned that if the company tried to get rid of me, I could work out a deal, a settlement. But if I just left—nothing.  Wow—what a difference! That is a long way from getting paid under the table at the pizza shop. But that’s how corporations work. They don’t like you, you don’t like them so you figure out a separation agreement and your done—no harm, no fowl. Depending upon the length of employment, it can parallel a divorce after all, we spend 8 hours plus a day at our jobs with our work families—right? But back to Cathedral Rock. That day in 2009, we stopped some where in the middle and just couldn’t do anymore, both exhausted.

But today, Day 24 of my 60 days in Sedona and 10 Pilates classes under my belt–I was ready. I climbed to the top with gusto, energy, spirit and I realized a few things. Anytime, I tried to look back for too long, I got dizzy. I had to keep my eyes up to where I was going. Leadership is focusing on moving forward, seeing what is in front of you and not getting bogged down by the past or the present. Leaders must see what companies can be not what they are.  As a leader of my life, I must see what my life could be and not what it is. In other words, seeing the possibilities within and capitalizing on them to move forward with strength, alignment, and confidence.

That is how I climbed Cathedral Rock, with strength, alignment, and confidence. I didn’t worry about how I was going to get down. I figured if I got up there, I could get down. Opposites are always true. Love/Hate , Success/Failure, Up/Down, Left/Right, you get the jist.

How do you go about your day to day? Do you live with strength, alignment, and confidence? Or do you feel fear, uncertainty, and chaos? As we approach the end of the year, this is an opportunity to ask yourself a question or two and see what you come up with.

In the end, I hold most dear how I climbed Cathedral Rock not whether or not I reached the top. Balance, health, well-being is in the process not the destination.

P.S. Toby is now walking across the bridge with strength and confidence and speed:) Woof!

About Joy Rain

Joy has been a diversity and inclusion consultant and mediator for over ten years. Prior to consulting, she was professor of Psychology and Women Studies. Joy has a Master of Arts in Psychology (Boston University) and a Master of Education in Social Justice Education (UMASS Amherst).

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