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Throwing Boulders and Un-Tying Knots - Patti Stedman

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By Patti Stedman | January 31st, 2015

Right around the cusp of the New Year, I was talking to someone who frequently gives me insight. At a time where people all around were making and talking about resolutions, we were talking about whether or not people really can make changes in their lives.

Her theory was this. The people who made significant changes usually ended up doing so in one of two ways.

The first group found that they had boulders in their path, but they needed to take the time to pick up each boulder, examine it for a bit, make peace with the reason it stood in their path, and then set it gently to the side. I nodded my head, I agreed. If Socrates said that “the unexamined life is not worth living” he would find mine invaluable; it has been examined and re-examined by me for the duration to date.

And then she said there were the Boulder-Throwers. The people who had decided enough was enough and cast the boulders to the side in their determination to make change. From time to time, she said, they’d need to come back and take a look at the boulder they’d thrown out of their way with such reckless abandon, but if you want quick change, boulder throwing is not a bad way to go.

I think there is a real transition that comes when you reach a “certain” age. You know what you know, you know what you don’t know, and you’re unafraid to say so in either case. You care less what people think, something I’ve always admired about women of ‘that’ age. I thought I didn’t care, but in the end, I did and I do, but I’m finding I care a whole lot less...

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