Give Yourself Permission to Move On

~Move Ahead and Get Unstuck~

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I am a great fan of Instagram. Why?  Because it offers immediate insights into the lives of others.  It provides a constant flow of life stories.  I’m fascinated by people who are brave enough to share not only their light but their darkness; their strengths and weaknesses; joy and sorrow.

One such evolving soul is Masumi Goldman (@masumi_g):  a former Wall Street analyst and MIT graduate. Masumi is also a mom, caregiver, yogi and entrepreneur. Earlier this week, she shared a deeply personal and moving message with her Instagram followers.

Her message is about accepting where you have been, where you are now and where you want to go. It’s about appreciating your journey and understanding that your path will change in life. And not to be so hard on yourself when it does. Be willing to close one chapter in order to write another.

This is excellent advice. It’s also something that most people struggle to put into action.

I’m not good at endings.  Closing chapters for me is often accompanied by a profound sense of loss.

Masumi’s post reminded me of a Change Management book I began reading recently, Managing Transitions: Making the Most of Change, by William Bridges, PhD.  Managing change is just as important in our personal lives as it is in business.  A great deal of the book focuses on the difficulty we have in ending things and how we can work to change our perspective so that endings do not cause such anxiety and sense of loss.

It’s the uncertainty that shakes us – that compels us to hold on tight and dig in our heels despite all evidence that we need to move on or change direction.

With Masumi’s permission, I have included her entire message below.

“Fifteen years ago, I graduated with a chemistry degree from MIT. I finished that chapter of my life and moved on to a career at a Wall Street firm, analyzing securitized bonds. I closed that chapter as well, and I became a stay-at-home mom, a NICU mom, and a caregiver to my baby, who was born in renal failure and has been in more therapy programs than you can imagine.

I’ve been sick.

I’ve been healed.

I’ve been motivated.

I’ve been blah.

I’ve started a children’s natural light photography business. And here I am today, trying my hand at being a yoga instructor and a source of inspiration for healing and wellness.

I seem random. Each chapter of my life has not resembled the previous chapter—but that’s ok because I am only moving forward in the story of my life.

We are not turning the pages back.

Focus on the current page that you are writing.

Determine if anything in your past is preventing you from moving forward to the next chapter. Identify it, and let it go.

You deserve to move forward without the weight of the past pulling you down!

Don’t hang on to old labels. Allow your past experiences to shape you, not define you.  It’s a great day to start writing your next chapter.”

“It’s never too late to be what you might have been.”~ Masumi G.


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