Type B fun. Ever heard of it? Neither had I until my Outward Bound instructor defined it. We were somewhere in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range ascending towards our 14,000 foot peak. Sunny clear skies graced us, but created suncups – open bowl-shaped depressions in the snow tightly packed together in a honeycomb pattern. Fields of suncups forced us to walk on the narrow ridges that separated each one. I never knew whether the ridge would or would not collapse under the weight of my feet. This tired my psyche and my ankles!
Behind schedule, we had to navigate a field of suncups in the dark. Double trouble. Where my instructor was in her zone, flowing gracefully through these suncups, I had no rhythm on the dance floor. I just couldn’t find a beat, a groove. At times I was laughing hysterically, at other times crying. The experience was pulling, stretching, and EXHAUSTING. When we arrived at camp, she enlightened me: Type A fun is fun while you’re doing it and Type B fun is fun after it’s all over. Ahhh. It’s over and I’m all smiles! Got it. I’ll never forget Type B fun.
I didn’t realize it at the time, but my Outward Bound Sierra Nevada Mountain Range three-week adventure was an emotional detox. I had just finished my first-year of medical school (intellect overwhelm) and called it quits with my boyfriend (heart broken). I was out of balance. I needed to fill my heart UP with joy. I needed to PLAY! Move. Breathe fresh air. Walk, one foot in front of the other. I needed to commune with complete strangers. I needed a change.
Change takes courage and a whole lotta faith.
You can’t continue on the same path and expect a different result. After working with thousands of families over 15 years in practice, this is where I see people get stuck time and time again. They want different results, but they’re afraid to change. They fear the change will be too hard, to which I reply: “What part of the change can be easy?” They fear they’ll lose something or someone when they embrace the change, to which I reply: “What will you gain when you change?” Flip change on it’s head. Instead of focusing on the negatives that come with change, allow the positive aspects of change to permeate you. Rinse and repeat often.
Peek inside Issue08 and learn how to let go of thoughts and actions that no longer serve you, so you can embrace change and act with clear intention and purpose. How do you embrace change, rather than resist it? Post a comment and share. Your words heal.
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