The Walls Must Fall!

 

“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.”
Joseph Campbell


Walls. We build them to keep us in or someone else builds them to keep us out. They can imprison us or corral us. If we let them they can define who we are and where we will go.

All resistance is a Wall.

As a visual person it helps me to battle resistance if I think of it of it that way.
I don’t want to be walled in. Or left talking to those same four walls. And I certainly don’t want to be “Just Another Brick in the Wall”. NO! I have something else in mind.

25 years have passed since Ronald Reagan said those infamous words “Tear Down This Wall”. The message was, of course, aimed at then Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, that the time had come to tear down the Berlin Wall dividing East and West Germany.

But the wisdom of his statement goes far beyond the historical context of which it was said. It must be part of our manifesto in the Art of Reinvention. We cannot let the walls stop us from following our Bliss. I want to “Tear Down Those Walls”. And as Killer B’s we all have to tear down our walls to get where we are going.

“I don’t have the time” is a wall.
“I don’t have the money” is a wall.
“I don’t have the education” is a wall.
“My friends/family say it can’t be done” is a wall.
“But I’d have to miss the next episode of my favorite TV show” is a wall.
“But I’m too tired” is a wall.
“It will take too long” is a wall.
Awful. Yeechy. Stinking. Walls.
Tear ‘em Down. Tear ‘em Down. Now!

 

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2 comments

  1. gene anderson

    Drew,
    i hardily agree with you and tearing down the walls. the biggest walls in our lives are the ones we surround ourselves with. either for our comforts zone or for our ego’s protection. but walls stunt growth and the only way to grow is to take down those walls around the gardens of our souls and let us achieve what we are meant to be.
    Gene

  2. Peg

    Walls. Physical walls are meant to shield, to secure, to protect. Emotional walls have similar purpose as physical walls; and, in some limited situations are safety nets or defense mechanisms (mostly due to severe, and/or repressed emotional trauma). Yet, walls can also keep us from ourselves and the world of limitless possibilities – our future.

    I agree with you both, Drew and Gene. Reinvention can only take place if we tear down the walls we have built in our minds. When one goes through an experience of job loss (whether it be through a lay-off, poor performance, or because of a cognitive and/or physical change), that loss can have a profound affect on one’s psyche and feelings about them self. We begin to question our self-worth; our skills, knowledge, and talents; and before long, our self-esteem has tanked and a wall has been built in its place.

    When faced with changes that present the necessity of reinvention in our lives, we need to NOT build walls, and instead build relationships through open lines of communication with family, friends, and networks of individuals who are also in the phase of reinventing their lives (whether they be in the same career field, or something completely different).

    About seven years ago, I sought a career change due to burn-out. I went from being a social worker in an inner-city nursing home, to the office manager for the attorney that used to represent me in court when I had to file petitions for conservatorship and guardianship (in the best interest and protection of vulnerable adults living at the nursing home). I was looking for a change, and so was she. We were both excited about the possibilities and plans to turn things around at her small law firm. About six weeks later, she layed me off, because she couldn’t afford to pay me and the administrative assistant that had been there prior to me joining the firm. I found myself unemployed and scared. A month later, I was working in a nursing home; and six months later, again found myself unemployed and scared. …

    I could feel the walls start to build as my self-esteem crumbled, and I began to question my self-worth. Down deep inside, however, I knew I couldn’t give up. I worked hard to squash any negative self-talk, I kept the lines of communication open with my family and friends. I made sure that I got out into some social situations, so that I wasn’t alone all of the time. I applied for any job I could find, because I knew my survival depended upon what actions I took. 3 1/2 – 4 months later, I found a job. It paid much less than what I was making before; but it was a job. I’ve been with that employer now, for almost six years.

    Walls are self-destructive excuses. Walls keep us from our authentic, true selves; and from being all that we can, and are meant, to be. If we are to be successful in reinventing our lives (for whatever reason) we must find the strength within us to stay positive, rely on our faith, reach out to others, surround ourselves with family and friends, and never ever give up.

    Peg

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