One of Merriam Webster’s definitions of “neutral” is “a position of power from the engine that does not move the wheels.”
In recovering from an event or change, this “non-moving power” can be an important position in itself. It’s a space, a place of rest, grounding and stabilizing where we can solidify our footing and take a good look around as we move forward. It’s that respite of in-between – where we redefine or clarify objectives, and allow ourselves to go with confidence from what was to what’s next. Viewed this way, Neutral can be precious and healing.
Neutral is where we reach to our support system of trusted family, friends and professionals and let them help us as we create the sustaining environment we need so we can find our way. It is from this place of safety and trust that we navigate our uncertainty, dreams and hesitations before we take our next steps. It’s where we reach deep inside ourselves to reveal the seeds of resilience we didn’t know we had or reignite the creativity that got exhausted in what went before.
Breathing and resting in this safe place of “not moving” allows us to reflect and find ways to appreciate the wisdom that emerged in the process; then, with confidence, we can shift into our first gear and move forward.
Sometimes, neutral is all the movement we need.