Before beauty arrives………

There is a hard truth to be told: before spring becomes beautiful, it is plug ugly, nothing but mud and muck. I have walked in the early spring through fields that will suck your boots off, a world so wet and woeful it makes you yearn for the return of ice. But in that muddy mess, the conditions for rebirth are being created.       Parker Palmer

When I think of Spring I think of beauty, new birth, color brought into the bleak landscape of winter and I think of movement, aliveness and emergence. Something is being born, something is coming alive for us all to see. How about you? What do you think of?

What I love about Parker Palmers quote is the reminder that all of that is only half the picture. Before all of the beauty of Spring comes the ‘ugly, nothing but mud and muck’. When we’re in this place of waiting and waiting….. it can bring on all the feelings of disconnection, frustration, fear, confusion and self-doubt.

And if you are going through this period, it’s sometimes hard to remember that just around the next corner positive change, new life and beauty awaits.

There is a process that will help. It’s called ‘Taking the Time to Integrate What You Have Learned’. 

If you are interested in personal success and growth, it’s important to do this. Here’s why………. We live in a fast-paced culture and a lot of things can be accomplished with speed, including being very productive and creative. And it can be a lot of fun to move fast, feel productive and see things happening. However, there is one thing that cannot be done in the fast lane…that is integration; the opportunity to absorb the deeper wisdom that comes from life’s lessons. We can not integrate the lessons and learnings while moving in the fast lane. We have to stop and take time, quiet and reflection to do this. If we don’t take the time to stop and gain the wisdom of the lessons learned, then chances are that we will repeat them over and over. again.

How often do you stop and take the time to reflect on the lessons learned and the wisdom gained?

I encourage you to do this at least once a year. A simple way is to ask yourself…..

                         What have you accomplished in the last 12 months?

                         What were your disappointments over the last 12 months? and finally…….

                        What did you learn?

Those three simple questions will give you a structure to use that will help you integrate the learnings from the previous year and create positive change. If you would like help with this, please call or email. I would be happy to be of service. And if you are interested, I hope you will………….

 Call and sign up for a personal, private 3 hour coaching session that will help you integrate lessons learned, gain clarity for your next steps and create your goals for the next year.

Are you interested in learning more? Please give me a call (602-870-0060) or email me at ( and we’ll set up a time to talk. I would love to be of service.