Forgive, sounds good. Forget, I don’t think I could.
They say time heals everything. But I’m still waiting.
-The Dixie Chicks
I first noticed my neck pain two years ago. It started with tightness on the right side of my neck, running parallel to my cervical spine. For weeks, the pain radiated intermittently from the base of my skull to my right shoulder. But each time, just as I'd start to wonder if I was injured, the discomfort would fade, and things would return to normal.
I've always been an avid reader. But for several years, my big mistake was also being a passive one. Many great ideas, quotes, and creative nuggets of understanding slipped through my fingers because I moved too quickly (and passively) through the pages.
I’ll never forget that moment. I had a challenging and confrontational meeting scheduled, and I was nervous about it. At the time, I had very little experience managing difficult work conversations. So, I dialed up a trusted friend with expertise in the matter and invited her to lunch so I could pick her brain.
The mind thinks thoughts we don’t plan. It’s not as if we say, ‘At 9:10 I’m going to be filled with self-hatred.’ -Sharon Salzberg.
Through the ages of self-expression and experiment, history has taught us that when individuals contemplate an idea with enough depth, they can create ways to actualize it.