I really didn't want to write an epistle for this but someone reached out to me and requested for a clear understanding of the message I had intended to pass.
If you've been following me on my timeline, you'll find the same quote in full: "Retreat before you advance, in order to make tangible progress". Now here's the meaning I make from this:
'There are categorical phases in life - so many of them as the case may be for you - where one needs to really really go into the closet to inhale and exhale before moving forward.
We all want to move forward and make obvious or tangible progress but doing this will usually require that we take some steps backwards and put everything in optimum perspective before taking the next big step of transformation.
Our focus on the future should not make us lose sight of the past and the present. We really need to equip ourselves for the days ahead and this will require that we put the _*'good-bad-ugly'*_ images and feelings in optimum perspective.
Retreating in this context doesn't necessarily suggest going to an isolated or confined place of solitude, travelling far away/not so far away from people or discreetly discarding certain persons or information in your life.
As much as these things are a part of it and silence really plays a huge role, retreating is simply finding out what works for you with regards to hitting the next big thing.
Retreating is first of all seeing with the right mindset and putting all possible options into optimum view; using _*'past-present-future'*_ analysis so you can make the most effective decision at that point in time with an understanding of its positive and negative implications as the case may be.
If you chose to find some alone time, that's great but it's first of all about letting the urgency for tangible change sink into your subconscious mind. If it doesn't sink, your alone time may end up less fruitful or not fruitful at all.
May we all retreat very well before advancing, so we can make tangible progress.