two hands clasp and reach out to help one another over rocks

When faced with the necessity for change, moving forward requires both energy and a deep rootedness as you make the necessary adjustments to hold your balance. It is not easy to move forward when thoughts about what was and what isn’t begin to knock you off center. Although learned young, walking required the mastery of one primary skill – step by step. We all took falls along the way, accumulating bumps and bruises packed with memories and tears. Some learned early to reach for support – a wall, a hand, even a knee. Yet, in the end, walking became second nature.

Some learned early to reach for support...

What isn’t always second nature is holding true to our intended path. So many choices, upon so many actions, contribute to a life created by decisions and conditioning that over time placed our feet in one direction and then the next.

When the balance begins to shift and we are faced with the inevitability of change, when life’s back­story bleeds heavily into the present, we must have the necessary tools and skills, along with the intention to take the next step to awaken to that which has yet to be revealed. And, even with the best of intentions, the sharpest of tools and the savviest of skills, there can remain an internal pulling and yearning to remain steadfast. Our intention to shift and change will inevitably evoke memories of past stumbles and falls. At times such as these, before mastery has taken root, one needs to remember to reach for the wall, the hand, or even the knee. Look for support as you make your way – step by step.

Only then will your intended path become second nature. 

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Tim Dukes, Ph.D. develops leaders and communications across fields ranging from executives and business owners to entrepreneurs and artists. His communications model and workshops, built on presence and mindfulness, foster open environments based on trust and candor. Tim’s clients emerge as socially conscious, culturally sustainable, and strategically focused innovators.​

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