Crucibles are on my mind. A crucible, as you may know, is a container that can stand a lot of heat and is used in chemistry and metallurgy to combine elements into new forms. As a student of metaphor, I love applying the image to change. It points so aptly to the fact that humans need containers and heat to melt down and transform old habits and thinking so something new can emerge.
Those who know me can infer why crucibles might be on my mind. I’ve been in one, and am just finding out about the new me that is emerging. Might these circumstances qualify as being personal crucibles?
- My marriage of 46 years ended in the summer of 2013 when my dear Susan passed away in my arms, our kids holding her hands, me cradling her last breaths. Life as I knew it was forever changed.
- This October I moved to Petaluma and a new home with my new partner and colleague Gisela Wendling. This is after 34 years in the same flat in San Francisco and 47 years in the same zip code.
- The Grove is moving to shared leadership, allowing me to focus on creating a new Global Learning and Exchange Network (GLEN) with Gisela—in essence creating a Grove-supported and network-based R&D laboratory for evolving change methodology.