Look beyond the obvious...Connecting the Dots

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Have you ever had something happen that shifted your thinking so completely? Well turning 60 did this for me. Never had a birthday bothered me. This one was different. My mom had died earlier that year and I was no longer someone’s child. Had no idea this would set me off on a new way of looking at my life.

A funnel shapeThe whole of my existence up until now was about expansion. Learning and growing up to step out into the adult world to have a career, a marriage, family, home, more education travel, acquiring of experiences and goodies. To be a productive, contributing human being. All of you have your version of this. For me life looked like this, ….. an ever expanding ‘V’

A diamond shapeAt 60 I literally felt the V turn back on itself to begin to look more like a diamond with the top of the diamond being my eventually death. It was a jarring realization. And I knew it was time to travel lighter. Mentally, emotionally, physically, spiritually.

Several years later, an article on the December Years by Reb Zalman (Full name Zalman Schachter Shalomi) explained why I felt the way I had on the birthday. 60 heralds the beginning of the last third of our lives. It’s a distinct developmental stage of life and is a time of integrating whole of our lives. No wonder it felt so big!

It’s into the exploration and discovery of this time I now focus my coaching and work. If you are wanting to walk this rich and rewarding time with awareness, please give me a call.

To a joyful 3rd Act! Mary

I have had the privilege and pleasure of experiencing this unexpected insight into my own personal and professional leadership journey with Mary as my coach and mentor. Fostering the right balance in a relationship, she centers the discussion and is able to bring forward meaningful questions that drive to the heart of the subject, yet convey a wisdom that I believe is remarkable. Mary's creative approach pulled my career, home life and creative self into a collaborative journey that was transformational for me. Thank you Mary, you are the best.

Eleanor - former Dean NAIT
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Mary Johnson PCC, Bridgeworks Consulting, Edmonton Alberta

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Layers of rhythms

Mary Johnson - Sunday, September 02, 2018

Week two of our cross Canada sojourn under our belt. We 'broke through' to New Brunswick today**. Our ultimate destination reached! Other than my husband who has travelled this land, no one had any idea how big Ontario is. Wow! And the rock. Rock as far as the eye can see. Ancient mountains worn down with time. The mighty forrest we saw grows on a very thin layer of dirt made over millions of years. Lake Superior blew us away. It's like an ocean! Our capital city Ottawa was amazing. We had too little time there. I wasn't thinking I wasn't fussed to tour the Centre Block of our Parliament. Wrong! It was quite something to see. The parliamentary library blew me away. The books and documents in there, if stacked, would be more than twice the height of Everest. Seriously! The wood carvings, the light, shape and ornateness were stunning. Turns out after this year the Centre Block will be closed for needed updating and renos. It will reopen in 10 - 15 years. If I hadn't of said yes to lining up for tickets likely would never have seen! How fortunate am I! 

All this said none is more interesting than 6 individuals, 3 couples - all very different traveling together and finding our groove. 2 who are happy to go along with whatever is shaking out! Then 2 who are really uplifting and don't let the wear and tear of the days or anything get then down. 2 who are planners and organizers of the high level schedule and stopping spots. These 2 are a bit more anal by nature. (I'll let you decide where I fit!! :))

We switched up the schedule a little yesterday and landed early in the farming country outside Quebec City. As we kicked back after 14 days travel and the road weariness began to fall away, the conversation came around to how things are going and how we are all doing. Turns out quite well! That's not to say we all haven't had our days of testiness. Of not wanting to get back into the saddle for another few hundred kilometres. But our long standing friendships and deep caring for each other means we can dance around each other's moments knowing this is just that - a moment and not who the person is. 

Pretty special wouldn't you say?!

** This was written a couple of days ago. We are in a National Park and WiFi is 12 kms away. 


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