I’ve been thinking a lot about shifts lately. Perhaps it’s the time of year. It finally feels like spring is easing her way into New England. Yesterday I threw caution to the wind and left my jacket in the car and removed the “in case of snow” notices from the desk at my studio.
Sometimes shifts are little uncomfortable at first (okay, maybe even very uncomfortable), but eventually as things settle it becomes harder to remember the original state.
Personally, I hit a milestone this past week when I reached the six month post surgery mark. Talk about shifts! For those who may be new readers, last fall I had unexpected surgery to remove an extremely large mass which was wrapped around my ovary, my colon, embedded through my pelvis, and had crept down my leg and wound itself around nerves in my leg and hip. Fun times. It has been challenging to weather the shift that has ensued as a result (guess it takes a long time for those pesky organs to situate themselves afterwards). Healing takes way more time than I ever expected. Some shifts are slow and painful.
At home we encountered another shift this weekend when my stepdaughter unexpectedly changed her major at college, despite seeming to love and excel in nursing school. Some shifts are sudden and take you by surprise.
We’re implementing some shifts at Jazzercise this month, and when you’re used to your routine, even small changes take some adjusting. I’ll be teaching a weekly Body Sculpting class now, and even though I’ve been teaching for decades, I had to print out the set structure to figure out how to put the class together. I suppose eventually it will become second nature like preparing for my regular classes. Some shifts force you to learn new skills.
At FTNS I’ll be shifting out of doing live shows for awhile (though A Matter of Balance will still be airing daily during this time so be sure to tune in and catch any you may have missed!). Some shifts requiring stepping away and regrouping.
I don’t know what other shifts are underway, but I’m excited to find out. Shifts don’t have to feel like sh_t. That’s where WE get to CHOOSE how we navigate the shifting current of our lives. Shifts can open up new doorways, shed fresh light on a situation, force you to step out of your comfort zone, or give us a new perspective.
Let the shift hit the fan!