It’s been a tough year in the Earth School. The Earth School is what Gary Zukav, author of Seat of the Soul, calls the opportunity we have to use the experiences of our lifetime to learn about ourselves. Rather than feel helpless when life brings us unwanted events, the concept of the Earth School is that these events provide us with the context needed to be the creator of our own experience.
Peering through this lens I want to share with our readers what I have learned this past year in the hope that it will help provide a useful view to begin 2017. And as always, writing is a way for me to make sense of a world that at times doesn’t seem to make sense.
For the people in my life, the 2016 election was an exhausting, often wrenching ordeal. It dominated the headlines and defined the zeitgeist like no other election in my lifetime. Regardless of which side you were on, the personal attacks, confusing untruths and seeming disregard for the pressing issues our country faces was disappointing. There were many moments I wondered how America had turned so ugly and so divided along lines of class, race, sexual orientation and more.
But as always, when lessons from the Earth School have marinated long enough inside my being, the question arises - “So, what’s the opportunity?” That’s the mantra here at The Opportunity Lab, it’s the question we ask ourselves, our clients and our partners. It’s our way of pushing the reset button when we feel we are headed down the wrong road.