My girlfriend and I were chatting over cocktails, gushing about her upcoming wedding. She is so happy about her new life! As the conversation progressed, I asked her a question I had previously made efforts not to ask my friends, "Are you thinking about children?" When we were in our 20s, that notion rarely crossed our minds. So, why is that one of the first things posed to a 30-something woman?
We can transform our guilt into acceptance: accept that our priorities will continue to change in five days, five months, and five years from now. The best we can do is act with intention and purpose, focusing our energy on what is most important right now, and everything else will undoubtedly fall into place.
I recently made the leap from the relative comfort and security of the corporate world to running my own business. Oh, the expectations I had for my new life! I knew that when I was finally running my own show, I would be free to work in a way that reflected my true values of kindness, balance and peace - values that often seemed at odds with a successful corporate career.
When we start practicing this with simple things -- everyday things that aren't emotionally charged -- we make it easier to do when we need help with big things, or when we need to be vulnerable about big things. Asking other people for help isn't being a burden; it's part of making the world a better place.