Currently, I’m in life limbo. I’m mainly talking about my business life. Since I decided to be a part of my husband’s company and downsize my PR business, it’s been rewarding, shocking, stressful, freeing, exciting, challenging, and the list of adverbs go on and on. I finally completed my big task, to finish our SBA loan application and send it to our, hopefully, new business bank. This bank was the only bank, out of many, that will accept our non-traditional asset with our loan.
Up until last week, our bank relationship manager assured us of good news for the past 4 months. Of course, now that our application is in the hands of the underwriter, we received word that SBA loan guarantees have halted for now. Seriously? Can this country be anymore twisted? I’m not going to jump on the political bandwagon because that’s not why I’m writing this. I want to talk about being in the state of “in between” hence, the word I like to use – limbo.
The Merriam-Webster online dictionary’s definition of limbo is – 2 a: a place or state of restraint or confinement b: a place or state of neglect or oblivion <proposals kept in limbo> c: an intermediate or transitional place or state d: a state of uncertainty. This is exactly how I feel and how many others feel out there, so I’ve heard. It appears that being in limbo has a negative connotation but I feel that it can also reflect a positive one or at least I’d like to look at it from a positive perspective.
I’m taking advantage of my limbo time – writing more, cooking more, meditating more, walking more, practicing the piano, and brushing up on my Mandarin. All the things that I’ve grumbled, “I don’t have time for that,” I now do. I always equate having no time to eat, chaos, phones ringing off the hook, thousands of emails and money rolling in as a positive reflection of my life. I’m grateful when that happens but when times are down or in limbo, then what?
Why do I automatically assume its doom and gloom? Well it doesn’t have to be, it’s like that cliché “turn that frown upside down” you hate hearing it but if you change your frown to a smile, suddenly your mood shifts and you feel lighter. We’ve all heard and read about positive affirmations, law of attraction, living in the now, etc. etc. all these positive reinforcements are given/written to help us feel more comfortable in our own skin. It’s just that simple. Or as I like to say, “simple as a slice of cake.”
If you’re in a state of limbo like me, use this opportunity to explore, try something new, relax more, breathe more, de-clutter, paint your room, or maybe learn a new skill/trade. Whatever it is, remember it’s a good thing!