The virtue of retreat

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On your journey, there will be times that you aren’t your most awesome, expansive, creative self (in case you haven’t noticed).

There will be times — especially during stress — when you’ll retreat back into a past version of yourself that seems comfortable.

A certain part of yourself might find solace there. But if you’re anything like me, once you’re there for a little while, you’ll realize that you no longer feel as comfortable there as you once did.

A larger part of you will always be calling you forward into the next greatest version of yourself.

As exhilarating as this sounds, it’s really uncomfortable at times. This constant expanding and withdrawing, expanding and withdrawing, expanding and withdrawing will make you feel like there’s something wrong with you.

There isn’t. You’re being harder on yourself than you need to be. It’s all part of a greater cycle.

It’s okay to retreat sometimes. Because a creative life is scary as hell. It takes a lot out of us. And sometimes, the familiar is a great place to recharge. It’s actually good news when it helps us affirm that we no longer belong there.

And forward we’ll march. 
For a little while longer. 
Until it’s time to retreat again.

This is the cycle. And it’s perfect.