Apr 1, 2023Liked by Camilo Moreno-Salamanca

You pulled on some threads of tension I’ve been feeling for the past few years.

In some aspects, I felt a complacency creeping in my last role which is why I wanted to pivot away from the domain knowledge I’ve spent my entire career building. It’s scary to feel “new” again. I know a career pivot is much different than going on sabbatical, though it shifted my mindset from the false sense of comfort that complacency brings to something nerve wracking, but exciting.

You speak on something I’ve felt, but never put into words: “the key is realizing our own power in making our decision the best one we can.”

Reading it made me have a breakthrough— Resilience isn’t accepting the status quo at the sacrifice of our wholeness. It’s making a decision, any decision, to change our unfulfilling circumstances so we can live wholeheartedly.

The status quo scares me, because I label it as “doing what society wants me to do” or “doing what everyone else is doing.” And who wants to live a life dictated by that? I do try to make the best of every decision, but I’m realizing I also have to ask “is this the decision *I* truly want to make, or a decision that’s pulled by what I perceive as the status quo.

And you help me see that fulfillment is the barometer for recognizing what I truly want.

I wrote down your journal prompt, as it’s a great way to tether myself to the possibilities of “something else”, so I don’t get pulled in too deep of the status quo. I guess my stakes are high, or maybe they just feel that way. So I’ll keep on riding the wave 🏄🏽‍♀️

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I'm sorry to get to this a bit late, Rach. But I really appreciate such a thoughtful comment. I'm really glad it's helping see your tensions in a different light (I'm all about studying our tensions).

And I like where it led you, and what my main point is: It's not that you have to do a sabbatical, but rather, be intentional in what you do. Part of that is not getting complacent or running on auto-pilot. It just so happens that a sabbatical is one of the best ways to break out of that.

And I think there is a duality between the stakes being high, but sometimes we make them higher than they are (which is our ego at work). So we constantly have to study whether we are assessing the stakes accurately. That's where fear journaling has been helpful for me.

Thank you again for such a thoughtful comment friend!

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