Pivot; what in the world does that even mean? By definition it means ‘a shaft or pin on which something turns’. I have had writing this blog on my mind for a while but had a challenge with how to explain it.

As you can see if you are reading my blog, the photo shows a ballerina in a turn or a spin. There is a move in ballet referred to as pivot. It also seems there are a lot of references to pivoting in the area of tools and business. But that is not where we are going today.

A couple of synonyms for pivot are rotate or turn. Now we are getting somewhere. Life has so many twists and turns doesn’t it? Sometimes it’s a U-turn. Other times it’s a full circle. That being said, how many times have you had to pivot? I’ll go first.

In so many ways, my life has been one big ‘pivoting’ experience. It seems like I get headed in one direction and wham, no, that’s not it. Let’s just say it feels like the expression ‘going in circles’. In retrospect, if I was paying attention, maybe I would have avoided some pits I landed in while going the wrong way.

But was it the wrong way? Maybe not. If we learn the lesson life puts in front of us then we can avoid the pivoting. I do like that word and am someone who has felt like I was pivoting so much I got dizzy. Yes, spinning if you will, around to change directions once again.

At this juncture in my life reflecting back learning more about myself, I am realizing if I had not had all of those experiences, I would not be who I am and be writing this blog about pivoting. Suffice it to say, I have learned some valuable lessons and helped others in the process.

Now before I pivot, I stop and consider where I am and where I want to go. What feels right? And to reiterate the point of learning a lesson, please do not beat yourself up if you have been going in circles endeavoring to land where you belong. If I could change my past, I wouldn’t. I am learning to love myself as I am, where I am.

I recently was told by a high school classmate that I was funny back then and still funny today. I was surprised to hear that. I have not thought of my self as a funny person who made people laugh. Going forward, I embrace that good quality in myself. That makes it easier to laugh at myself when I goof up something or some decision. Learn the lesson and move on.

What do you like about yourself? I recently did a list of the good, bad and ugly of how I see myself. Geez! Yes and was not an easy task. Humor is good for the soul and actually, for the body and mind as well.

It’s your turn to ‘pivot’ now if you feel the need to do something different, find the good in you and others and don’t be afraid to let go of what you don’t need in your life.

Ready, set, rotate!

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