Dear HRart Worker,
The path of personal growth is a winding one, filled with sudden turns and curves. It is common that we often cannot see what is right around the corner and next in our personal evolution. This mystery is divinely created because the path is filled with occurrences we would rather avoid at first glance. See the path is filled with many new beginnings but it is also the gateway to essential goodbyes.
For the last year, I have been receiving these random solicitations from writers wanting to write an article on retirement for my HRart Center blog. I disregarded each one, often bewildered at how they believed this topic was of any relevance to my work. It was while reading the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu that the meaning for sharing this message became clear.
Verse 9, Tao Te Ching
“Retire when the work is done.”
Living aligned with our Connected Path requires that we retire when the work is done. This could be as simple as letting go of work when the day is over. This could be as literal as retiring from a position when you know it is time to make space for the next generation. It can also be as hard as saying goodbye to an individual that you love but know your paths have crossed and are now divergent.
As someone who puts people at the center of her work and life, it was difficult for me to accept these necessary endings. It’s easy to fall into a space of grief or fear as relationships that provided stability begin to dissipate. However, these endings are not failures, they are signs of growth. These endings should be celebrated with an understanding that each individual you say goodbye to was divinely timed to walk into your life when they did, just as they are divinely timed in their departure.
In this episode of the HRart Rise Morning Show, we revisit this lesson of people departures and why they must leave when they do. Know retirement is part of our path and one day we will be called to depart too.
The video can also be found here.
I hope you enjoyed this lesson as much as I did! Until next time, take care of yourself.
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