In the local library, I picked up, with no great expectations, as a sort of afterthought, a self-help CD set by a psychotherapist from Harvard Business School who assists students with career development. (Aside: privileged elites take no chances and go to great lengths to ensure their own success!)
The theme of the talks was that the experience of impasse or hitting a dead end in one's career is a great opportunity for self-examination and renewed empowerment as we step up to another level in our lives. The experience of impasse as full of uncertainty and even darkness reminded me of St. John of the Cross and his dark night of the soul.
The value of the CD was not in its originality--it was not original, but rather in its reminding me of what we have all heard often: in crisis there is opportunity. So rather than let the experience of impasse frighten us, we should embrace it for the wisdom and vistas it offers. We should look for the silver lining. Through darkness comes a new light. We may have to leave our current well-lit room in order to find the next and better room. In between the rooms, there can be a lack of light as we are in transit.
So next time you feel that your are in an impasse in some aspect of your life, consider approaching it with a measure of the promise that is potentially hidden in the experience.
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