I recently finished a private course.*
With no intention of enrolling in any new program or doing anything out of the ordinary, except to carry along my same path, I received a mysterious message. “Look for something in the mail”–as in snail mail. “What could it be?” I thought. Now the cryptic message became an even more tantalizing mystery.
And, sure as her word, not long after, I received a beautiful, handmade gift from a friend. An invitation. An invitation to Adventure. An adventure to a strange and out-of-the-way place. What is this place? It sounded vaguely familiar. Then, later, when I really looked at it, and read the words contained on the back of the lovely, bonus-size postcards I became even more intrigued.
This was an Opportunity. One I hadn’t considered. I kept coming back to the postcards. Called my friend to say I’d received them. “Wanna Skype? I’ll tell you more about it,” she said.
So, we did. More intrigue. Now want. Then fear. Wanting to go, having the desire. Then fearing it was a bridge too far, an expense not planned for. An indulgence. Extravagance. She said, “Let your gut decide if it’s right,” and, “I would love to see you there.”
Sleeping on it, I dreamed wild dreams. Wild like the country I would be going to when I went on this adventure. The wild started to call me. The wild woman inside started to lead me to the decision:
LET’S TO THIS!!
Sometimes, you have to seize opportunity. You’ll find all kinds of reasons not to do the thing that excites you, makes you a little afraid because it’s so new. So different. The desire tempts you, pulls you along and you wonder if you’re deceiving yourself. “Why me?” “Who do I think I am?” “I have no business doing this!”
Then it’s , “Oh, Hell!” And, you throw caution to the wind. Trust the Soup. Do the thing that scares you a little.
I’m not sure what I’ll find. I’m not even sure what I seek. But, it makes me feel alive. Makes my brain cells start charging, forging new, never before used pathways.
No, I wasn’t looking, but I wondered at the end of that first thing*, “What’s next?” And the “Next” found me. And, I’m embracing this Next.
When one door closes, another door opens.
Will you answer?