This time of the year is always a little disorienting. It takes a minute to readjust ourselves seasonally, and now even more so with the additional shifts in the outer world which we find ourselves. One thing is for sure, change is in the air.

Some changes may be welcome, and others might be painful, but even the painful ones can ultimately lead to growth and liberation. Whether dealing with misunderstandings or deeper realizations about how you relate to partners, co-workers, friends and family, or having dynamics being altered due to career transition, empty nests, lockdowns or loss of life - these are not easy times to navigate.

So please be gentle and compassionate with yourself and others, and know that as long as you stay present with whatever is going on internally, you will move through and birth whatever new aspect needs to be born within you. These are the fitting themes of Spring, and of the Passover and Easter holidays upon us. Today's PGG reminds us there is always much more going on than meets the eye and to honor and trust that as much as we can.

The PGG Video of the Week reminds you that life is a process and to be where your feet are. Today's Instagram post talks about how much of a personal growth experience re-visiting the intangible work of The Women's Mosaic through the tangible medium of photographs was for me. And here is a bonus post with a story about two angels in disguise I met yesterday, showing how the Universe works in mysterious ways.

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Tangible Schmangible
Originally published April 26, 2011

The true harvest of my daily life is somewhat intangible..It is a little star-dust caught, a segment of the rainbow which I have clutched. ~ Henry David Thoreau

There is no question that there is an unseen world. The problem is, how far is it from Midtown and how late is it open? ~ Woody Allen

Ah, the paradox between poetry and practicality, art and accounting, beauty and bottom line, meaning and metrics. Especially in the results-oriented, materially-focused, high-powered metropolis that is New York, it’s often challenging to communicate the value of things we are unable to touch, see or precisely measure.

I recently assigned some journaling to a client, and she seemed perplexed and not too happy about it. Her concern, she said, was that it would be difficult for her, an MIT graduate, not to have any sort of metrics or immediate tangible outcome to guide her or let her know she was doing it “correctly”, which her perfectionist self needed in order to be validated in the exercise. She was not the first to be challenged by or to question the effectiveness of the solution I offered, just the first to articulate it so well!

This type of scenario has been the bane of my existence. The world of the intangible has been my field of expertise and the “meat” of my work for most of my professional life — teaching or speaking, creating programs that promote intercultural understanding and women’s empowerment, individual and group coaching, even writing these little essays. Most everything I do is impactful on an internal level, enabling shifts in perception and healing to take place, so my challenge has always been how to grade, evaluate, measure or assure the merit of such things: How do you quantify understanding, inspiration, identity, and transformation?

With flowers and trees now blooming all around us, remember that they didn’t just magically appear overnight, as unseen forces were at work during the barren winter months. The result is tangible, but the process itself is something, too. Fertile soil, sunshine, water, time and Nature’s mysterious special sauce work consistently in harmony behind the scenes, making it all come together for us to once again enjoy the gorgeous potpourri of colors and shapes.

Feeling like your Spring needs to be sprung? You might just need a little professional tending to your garden, fertilizing it with process, presence and patience — along with some Xray vision — so give me a buzz, I’ll help bring on the blossom and have Everything Coming Up Roses for you again!

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