Make New Friends, But Keep the Old
I have always loved giving Inner Wisdom workshops. I’ve been doing them for years. Magical things happen when people come together in a circle. Sharing with one another on the level of Spirit nourishes us all.
The work goes deep in the supportive and loving container created by the group.
Over the past few years I haven’t been offering workshops. During this time I’ve been focused on new ways to expand my business. Leading workshops felt like taking a step backward, so I avoided it. I figured that working towards my goals was my number one priority. Anything else felt like a waste of time and energy.
I’d been missing the deep satisfaction that workshops bring. I needed help getting past the feeling that leading a workshop was a step backward – a sign of failure, somehow. So I sought guidance from my Inner Wisdom.
Immediately, the old Girl Scout song I grew up with comes to mind: “Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the other gold.” My Inner Wisdom assures me that just because what I’m doing is old and familiar, doesn’t mean it’s not valuable. What’s important is that what you do works and is of value.
My Inner Wisdom points out, “It’s far better to do something of value that’s familiar and works, than to do something that is new and not of value and doesn’t work!”
Totally free of blame or shame, my Inner Knowing is reminding me of all of the effort I have put into following the models suggested by others, models that lack authenticity for me. These models work beautifully for many, but have not worked for me.
I feel such relief just to recognize and acknowledge this. I feel free to embrace what works for me and for the many people who have benefited from the workshops I lead.
There is no shame in doing what benefits you and others just because you’ve done it before. It’s like comfort food. You nourish yourself when you return to what you know you’re good at. You reconnect with your strengths. You reaffirm the value of what you do. There is nothing wrong with that. What had true value in the past can hold value in the present and in the future.
Are there places in your life where you’ve wandered away from familiar activities for the pursuit of something new? Have the demands of your current projects taken time, energy and attention away from activities you enjoy, but just can’t seem to find the time for anymore? Are you spending so much time and energy on what you ‘have’ to do, that you’re ignoring activities that have nourished you in the past?
When you’re deciding how to spend your precious time and energy, focus less on whether something is the latest and greatest, and more on whether it is truly of value and really works for you. It’s worthwhile to try new things. It’s important to learn and grow. But it’s also important to honor the value of what is familiar. Don’t dismiss the tried and true.
With the support of my Inner Wisdom I’ve returned to leading workshops. The ones I gave in November and January felt like coming home. There’s another one scheduled for February. I’m even experimenting with taking this old friend in a new direction with TeleWorkshops that will take place over the phone, so people can come together remotely and share the beauty of Inner Wisdom work in a group.
What did you used to do that would you love to do more of? How can you nourish yourself by returning home to an activity you miss? What do you need to make time for in your life that will make your soul sing?
Make new friends, but keep the old…