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Friday, January 25, 2013

Adaptability...


I had hoped I would have some good news to share tonight after DH’s job interview this week.  But it turns out that “the company has met its quota on the first wave”, according to the recruiter (a cattle call hiring 10 people at a time basically, and he didn’t make the first cut).  They evidently plan on doing a “second wave” – although we have no idea when that might be.   However, DH has other irons in the fire as they say, so we are still encouraged, as he is early in this job-hunting process, although it’s difficult not to recede into a fog of sadness and discouragement because we weren’t instantaneously relieved from this period of uncertainty.  Which is a segue into the subject of “adaptability.” J

A week ago DH was at the library perusing the shelves when he came across a CD series called “Adaptability” by a leading guru of change, MJ Ryan, targeted towards those in the business world.  Basically the premise is that those who adapt survive the changes that are inevitable, and so the point is to cooperate with the unavoidable, learning to take on new roles and shift with the changes that are coming more frequently in the business world.  DH has been doing this for years – adapting, shifting his career identities and roles to suit the current business environment, and still, jobs have been hard to come by and keep. We are grateful that he actually had a job that lasted a full year!  Most have been 3-6 month contracts.  He says the series on “Adaptability” is helping him with this current change, giving him a new perspective and some new skills for riding the wave.  If you’re interested, here is a You Tube link to watch her give a talk on “The Tortured Mind.” J  As always it comes down to what we *think about* what we are going through and how we interpret it.

What does this have to do with the photo of the Raccoon in the drive-way you ask? J  Well it showed up late yesterday afternoon, sniffing its way around.   I of course grabbed the camera and snapped the shot through the window.  As it disappeared out of sight to the right, I went outside to see if I could get a better shot.  I’m a sucker for wildlife – especially in the burbs.  Raccoons and Coyotes are about as wild as we get here.  The critter had climbed part way up the Spruce tree at the corner of our neighbor’s property by the driveway.  And of course I just had to try to get closer for a better shot…  But it went further up the tree – so no shot only big cute eyes looking back at me.  And what does a Raccoon have to do with adaptability?

Well... late last night I looked up the symbolic “meaning” of Raccoon in one of those animal symbolism books.  And the very first word that was underlined in the text was “adaptable.”  My eyes bugged out at the seeming synchronicity, and I went to share it with DH who was already in bed trying to sleep. J  Seems there’s a message here we’re supposed to be paying attention to!  So I read on:  Raccoons are known for their sense of curiosity about new realms, exploring what fascinates them, as well as their courage and ferociousness.  One of their most striking features is the mask.  Although the common interpretation is thievery, it actually becomes a very powerful symbolism for adapting.  When we wear a mask we create a doorway in the mind of who we believe ourselves to be.  It goes on: We can become anything we want to be by wearing different masks (identities) and learning to be dexterous in the masks that we wear, knowing when to use which mask for different purposes, knowing what circumstances requires what mask.  And in that respect, masks help us in the process of change.

There is actually a purpose for the persona of course – adapting to life situations, which seems to be a natural process.  I had somehow lost sight of that...

So – it spawned a few questions for myself like:  What masks am I wearing…  And are they serving me…  Are they helping me to adapt and change to life circumstances or am I just hiding under a mask of “spirituality”…  Do my masks keep my True Self hiding under a disguise, or are they are true expression of the Being that I am…   Do I need to change my idea of who I am, my self-identity as a “spiritual” person – ahhh – now *there’s* a courageous question…   Will have to explore that one a little more…

In any case, we are learning to adapt once again to the perpetual changes of life, accepting the reality of what is at the moment.


You might also like this humorous post
that I wrote last May on the subject of masks and identities:


Who Would You Be If You Weren't Who You Think You Are...?



10 comments:

  1. Lots to think about here Christine, I have a few myself, I'll see if I can weave them into a post but 'little messages' was a previous post similar to your little messenger here! Hugs x

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  2. "When we wear a mask we create a doorway in the mind of who we believe ourselves to be." Wow. Thanks for the questions, Christine----very helpful.

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    1. Hey Chris :) Yes, I found that interesting, and so true... which was kind of the theme in my other post link at the bottom: "Who would you be if you weren't who you think you are." :)

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  3. Wow, that's a wonderful explanation of raccoon symbolism and so appropriate! Great synchronicity! J and I are going to watch the video link tonight. My mind definitely tortures me on a regular basis ;)

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    1. Thanks Uma :) Yes, I couldn't help but see the connection between the symbolism and our experience. I love it when these little messengers show up! :) Let me know what you think of the video!

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  4. love your synchronistic event! good for you for spotting it! I think we are always been helped in unseen ways, we are mostly just a little deaf to the language.

    may we all become more adaptable!

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    1. Thanks! :) yes, listening and being aware of an underlying language!

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  5. been away from reading blogs for awhile. sorry your DH is now on the job search again. but so cool about sighting the raccoon who sent you to exploring raccooness and its meanings. sending prayers as you work through this new situation. hugs, suki

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    1. Thank you Dear Suki! Have been thinking of you and have missed you :) Heart Hugs...

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