Through most of 2019 I have been in-between jobs: aka - unemployed. Honestly it took me a while to think of this time as a season. In the beginning it felt more like a hard stop: no energy, no life. With a lot of intention and hard work, the hard stop moved into a season of self-reflection and that has turned into a season of interviewing and imagining what is next.
If I had not done the work of self-reflection and healing, I would not be able to answer the tough questions that have been asked in interviews. I was delighted when one of my favorite “famous” questions was asked of me. It is the Krista Tippett question from the beginning of all her interviews: “Talk about the spiritual background of your childhood.”
In just a few seconds I had to gather my thoughts. I wanted to be vulnerable and share some of my personal childhood experiences. I did not want to go down the rabbit hole of “navel gazing” and bore everyone in the room. I wanted to give them a sense of me; then, now and who I hope to be.
It takes a lot of self-awareness to do that well in the moment and in front of eight strangers who may or many not hire you! That self-awareness could only come through embracing my seasonal work of self-reflection and sacred imagination.
Your tough and vulnerable question may be different. Your personal seasonal work may be different than mine. We know the more self-aware one is, the better we can articulate and show the world who we really are and dream to be.
I have heard writers say that everyone has a book inside of them. I am not sure if that is true but maybe when I am done with this season, this could be my book. For right now…I have work to do.
Blessings on your seasonal work!