You’re a bit of a junkie & transition is your enabler. Making schisms and breaking up any obstacles that might stand in the way. As paranoid “overly aware” as we are, we are still hungry for more, dissatisfied of what’s “been” and in a weird way, a bit courageous. We are keen to what’s happening and how fast (or slow) it transpires. Since life moves in a give-to-get fashion, transition escorts us to our debutant ball, setting off a curious chain of events.
In my last post, we started to talk about how to spot “IT,” or in transition people. We covered the effects of emotion, pressure, and having a lot happening internally. There are three other ways to spot IT people. Share the last article with a friend, or catch up if you need to.
IT people have a hunger for learning. When IT people dream, they see a destination that looks vastly different than the current view of their lives. Nothing motivates IT people like the dissatisfaction of the present, after they’ve seen the future. IT people get motivated to learn and lean into sources of inspiration, knowledge and creativity. Proverbs 4:5 tells us to get knowledge and to get insight. IT people are the ones searching articles, books and expanding their networks to learn. But the spirit, who teaches us all things, is likely directing the IT person on this search.
Likewise, IT people are teachable. No one will mentor someone who knows the answer to the question before it’s asked. IT people, being on their search to learn more, are kids again. Our paths, in purpose, present endless clues. We, wide-eyed ask “why?” or “how?” or “I wonder…” types of arguments all the time. Don’t feel like you ask too many questions or let someone tell you that you’re doing “the most.” My favorite are the people who tell me that I shouldn’t work so hard. Listen, if I can devote 12 hours to a company that doesn’t have my name on it, SURELY I can devote 12+ hours to my purpose. IT people understand that purpose and destiny don’t come easy, and look for opportunities to practice their newly acquired lessons. They seek out feedback and look to refine/hone/grow their craft. Obstacles are opportunities to IT people and failure, while painful, are also steps for IT people to learn from. I like to think that we mirror the 12 main disciples when we become IT people. We leave what was familiar to us and follow the voice of Christ. Eventually we’re teaching others how to get down their paths of transition.
Lastly, you know you’re an IT person when your circle begins to change. The song lyric of “no new friends” definitely doesn’t apply to you. It may feel a little like EVERYONE’S new, but the only way to arrive at a new place is to leave the old space behind. Not everyone can go where God is taking IT people, and that’s OK. IT people may find this part of transition the most difficult. Relationship management is never easy, because we care about the people God places in our lives, and seek to return them back to God better than when he gave them to us. So be gentle with yourself, but also be gentle with others.
The Bible shows us a few examples in Joseph, Esther and the 12 Disciples of people who were in transition that gained new circles as they became the people they would eventually turn in to. What about you? Can you see yourself in one of the 6 ways mentioned across the two articles? Tell me which one on Twitter: @iamTrishaAlicia. I’d love to hear from you.
All my IT people come back for the next installment – we’re gonna tackle “when being real is absolutely wrong.”
Trisha Alicia is a Nashville based engineer turned singer, songwriter and rhythm-and-word (spoken word) artist. She can be found on all major social media as @iAmTrishaAlicia, or via her website: http://www.trishaalicia.com