Is your world ending? Shouldn’t it?

It’s November 21st and, according to the folks at this website, the end of the world may be upon us just one month from today. If you are a student of Nostradamus or the Mayan administrative assistant who quit work before finishing the calendar project, you may be stockpiling canned goods as we speak.

But for those of us not on the 12212012 bandwagon yet, perhaps we should take notice.

Are you strong and healthy?  Are your relationships supportive and mutually satisfying? Is your work gratifying and meaningful to you?  Do you experience moments of joy?  Are you living a purposeful life?

If not, perhaps you should end your world as you know it.

I work with folks who are stuck.  Stuck in a soul-sucking job.  Stuck feeling unmotivated, unengaged and unappreciated.  Stuck in a battle they are fighting on the way up the down escalator.  The first step is to want something better.

Augusten Burroughs, author of “This Is How”, wrote about contemplating suicide.  When he explored what he wanted to accomplish through his death, he writes: “I realized something. It wasn’t that I wanted to kill myself. What I really wanted was to end my life.”

Each of us is accountable in this way.  Not only for acknowledging where we are today but where we want to go, who we want to be.

Take stock of where you are. What’s working?  What’s not?  Envision what you want.  Know you can have it.  Ask for help.  Make a change.  Take the leap.

When Rick and I were married twenty two years ago we chose for our wedding song: “It’s the End of the World as We Know It” by R.E.M..  It was.  End your world and begin anew.  It’s scary, but it’s worth it.  And you can do it again and again until you get it right.

4 thoughts on “Is your world ending? Shouldn’t it?

      • I’ve just finished writing a speech for a group of career transitioners called “Living Your LIfe Backwards” and what you say here really resonates for me. I think we work with different clients (mine are more likely facing the second phase, or what we used to call “retirement”, but the issues are the same. Thanks so much – would love to meet sometime.
        Annie G

        • Hi Annie, Thanks so much for your comment! I think the idea here is SO resonant for the “second phasers” as theirs is the generation that has followed some pretty clear and present rules (get good grades, go to a good college, get a good job / benefits / pension and everything will be alright). The freedom to choose is a scary thing at any stage but particularly if it’s the first time after a long time! Feel free to send me an email and we’ll get introduced. I’m at Looking forward to connecting. – J

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