I'm shedding, I mean, really shedding! I've held on to clothes, boots, capes, and preserved my personal treasures for so long, schlepping all but my Prom and wedding gown across the miles, house to house, storing them from one season to the next, welcoming them back like old friends. Each piece had a story, a history of a time and place, and so many memories woven throughout its textures and colors. I loved getting dressed every day, it became my brand after all.
Now as a Modern Elder, as Chip Conley calls us (Wisdom@Work: The Making of a Modern Elder), the world and specifically my life has changed. My days of high heels are gone forever. My workout clothes fill my days. My cherished collection of scarves, jewelry, and purses are sleeping soundly in their boxes, whiling away the hours in their quiet inactivity.
Growing older in America is different than almost every other culture in the world where elders are held in reverence. Wisdom rather than information becomes our priority. Telling our stories is what matters most. Still serving others is a must, doing the work that matters.
What gets in the way of this Elder pursuit and value? Programming. Indoctrination. Culture. Society. I heard it said that as we get older, our rules are to wear white, show up, and shut up!!! Well, that is simply not possible for me...or you!! No way, no how!! Just watch my red curls ablaze!
Shedding. Shedding layers, shedding old thoughts, shedding old lives...to begin again. Choose what you want to let go AND what you want to bring forward. Make room for who you are now! Surround your Self with only those pieces that please you and inspire you to start another day! Let the rest go...
Those of you who haven't started this process let me pass on a little bit of my Elder wisdom to you:
This project can be a marathon, especially if your intention to shed is true. This will be easier, and harder than you think.
I don't have to continue carrying these around any more! There's still life in these treasures, life that others will enjoy and make their own. Shedding is such a beautiful thing...
For coaching help through this process, you know where to find me, just hit reply and ask. I'm still here.
Shed Away....you know you want to!
The Ultimate Customer Experience Serves You Right!
Arizona Natural Selections of Scottsdale Dispensary
Marijuana is medicine in my house. So when we needed to fill our coffers, I remembered a dear friend telling me about her experience at this dispensary. I was particularly curious (a familiar quality of today's Modern Elder) about how they do business. When we asked our Bud Tender, Amy, about a senior discount, it was refreshing to be told they don't offer senior discounts. Instead, they gratefully offer a Wisdom Discount for customers 65+, in respect and appreciation for experience. In that instant, remembering all my years of protesting, rebellion, service, disrupting, I felt seen, recognized, respected.
Thank you, Amy and Arizona NaturalSelections of Scottsdale Dispensary for the Ultimate Customer Service Experience!
Please, if and when you have a customer service experience worthy of note, share it with me! You will be sending this business new customers...and I'll treat you to a consistently fabulous customer experience at Dutch Bros...my pleasure! Email us HERE.