This is the fourth and I think the final part to the IALAC series. I have one final thought that I want to share. I realized it's not only important to learn how to protect your IALAC sign but also to learn how to make it stronger! So I offer this story about self awareness and becoming an active participant in your own life. I also wanted to give credit again to the author of the IALAC curriculum, Dr. Sidney B. Simon (Simon Workshops).
Etta (my dog) and I took a walk this morning. Often we go to a local park that has a man-made lake. Quite beautiful considering the urban sprawl that I am surrounded by... Anyway, thousands of ducks converge on the lake and its shore daily. As Etta and I were rounding a bend we saw hundreds of ducks hugging the edge of the shore and this little boy (maybe 4 years) running through them. This little guy was quite a force of nature as all the ducks were forced to make a decision. Most easily flopped into the lake. And others covered their beaks hoping not to get caught up in this little tornado of energy. Anyway it made me think about how hard it is to enact change. I mean changes that are good for us, that we really need to do but just can't (or won't?). And it often feels like there needs to be some sort of "Force of Nature" to begin the process. I have at times felt like the ducks: waiting, waiting, waiting on the shore. Avoiding taking the first step towards changes I know I need to make. And then my own personal force of nature hits. As a woman over 40 those forces of nature seem to come more frequently i.e. the results of cholesterol screening or throwing my back out through too much physical activity such as bending over! Anyway, I am forced to make a decision, it's either into the lake, or covering my beak and hope for the best. To come full circle, the reason Etta and I are walking in the park to begin with and were able to have this epiphany, is this time, I embraced the force, trying to stay healthy through eating better and exercise. May the force be with you all!
I think from time to time we all experience life changing opportunities. Sometimes they are subtle and other times they hit us like a ton of bricks. Regardless of how they arrive there is always a choice that accompanies them; embrace it or reject it! Embracing or enacting change takes courage and often requires a leap of faith. But inevitably by becoming your own force of nature you strengthen your IALAC sign. This story was a Daily Strength journal entry that I wrote about a year ago. And FYI, Etta and I were walking in the park this morning, watching ducks and the little boys that chase them!
As I mentioned at the beginning of this article this is the final episode of the IALAC series. But, you don't have to stop working on your own IALAC sign. Daily Strength is a great place to get support around this issue. I would encourage those who are struggling with issues of low self-esteem to consider even forming a Daily Strength IALAC group. Also, please feel free to suggest other topics you would like me to write about. Warm regards to all!