The Long Goodbye

In his recent blog, The Long Goodbye, Gary Burnison writes about the need to move forward from the events of the past two years, “to move beyond what we’ve all wanted to be over and done with. We are, indeed, in the midst of the long goodbye.” Speaking of these recent events, he suggests a deeper significance they hold in the great leaders’ life’s journey, “The experiences and lessons learned should never go away—they keep accumulating. We build on top of them, layer upon layer, as they inform and influence where we focus.”

It is this gradual unleashing from the past that opens us to a greater freedom and opportunities for growth in our personal and professional life. It is the mindful movement from how things were done to new ways of doing them (e.g. Zoom calls, virtual working) or how we lived life and addressed problems to new approaches and mindsets in living and resolving them (e.g. cultural and social, global). It is our gentle goodbye to the ‘as is’ to the awesome and magnificent ‘what can be.’ It is another stepping-stone to realizing our greatest potential and achieving our life’s purpose and meaning.

Martin Luther King, Jr. reminded us, “You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” Each day is a new beginning and a new step to climb higher. An unknown author wrote, “Leave who you were. Love who you are. Look forward to who you become.” Your best is yet to come… and it will because you choose to take that step. May you always look forward and may your experiences and lessons learned never go away, and may they take you to heights undreamed.

Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!

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One Response to The Long Goodbye

  1. Kay Coll says:

    I am grateful for this valuable insight.

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