A new year for many is an excuse to start over, to scrap old plans, to make new goals or promises. Yet, what can you bring with you into 2022? Are there lessons or learnings from others that you can “borrow” and adopt as you plot out the coming year?
Borrowing something usually requires an ask. An ask requires vulnerability. Asking to “borrow” something means that you may have a place of lack or scarcity or weakness in your life. None of us want to admit that. Yet, if you are brave enough to do so, the universe will reward you with emotional and spiritual treasures.
Can you “borrow” the patience of a spouse? The levity and sense of humor of one of your children? Can you perhaps “borrow” the ability to forgive or to hold on when you feel like letting go?
When I started working in corporate human resources after decades on the creative side of media, I fell in love with the term “best practices.” As a creative, your ideas are your lifeline. There is no sharing. You are offended at the idea of someone borrowing ANYTHING. You are territorial about your ideas because they are your CURRENCY. In human resources I found that colleagues…even competitors…are willing to share “best practices.” Instead of reinventing the wheel, they share and network to find the best versions of solutions that already exist.
So, with all of the “new” we are demanding of ourselves in 2022, what can we borrow? Can we be brave enough to ask for help? Can we be selfless enough to share?
The phrase, “something borrowed,” is part of the bridal tradition, “Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue.” I will confess to not know the origins, but the traditionalist in me could not resist staying true to this ritual as I prepared for my wedding day.