This summer, a few girls from the book club suggested we read Ian Cron’s The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery. I wouldn’t say it was a gentle suggestion or even a nudge; it was more like a proclamation that it needed to happen. The reading of this book was imperative to our learning more about ourselves and each other. So the rest of us agreed.
I was reluctant. Having recently completed my second round of Recovery, I felt like a needed a break from any more self-reflection. The thought of getting to know myself anymore intimately was exhausting. What I didn’t realize was this. After walking through the Twelve Steps of Recovery for Life, the next best action to take toward understanding the way I was made in God’s image was doing just this. Reading the book. Studying the Enneagram. And laughing in a circle of trusted friends about why some of us are so similar and why some of us are so different.
Learning the Enneagram number types, I began to enjoy some of my closest people even more than I had before.
Since completing the book, I’ve been pouring over how to embrace my 6-ness. I am a Loyalist through and through. But even more importantly, I’m taking actions to walk away from years of unhealthy 6-behaviors and walk toward healthy 6-behaviors. Thinking through how to begin 2019 with fresh energy and new goals seems appropriate, and thus the Enneagram New Year’s Resolution Guide — A Healthy Approach was born.
I credit my dear Book Club Friends for any wisdom here that might resonate with you. They are a collection of brilliant women who are consistently vulnerable. Their insights often inform my voice and content.
And here’s to you, my brave and humble readers. Here’s to an exciting 2019! I hope your year brings healthy, life-giving change!