“We must be willing to let go of the life we had planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. “- E.M. Forester
Passages. Progressions. Shifts. Changes.
Developments. Alterations. Conversions. Transformations.
A beautiful bridge connecting two spaces: Here and There. Then and Now.
The free flowing, often times grey expanse in between. Not black, not white. No top, no bottom. Just in the middle. No beginning, no end. Just Now.
Last week at a neighboring coffee shop, as I was enjoying a piping hot cup of dark roast Papua New Guinea blend swirled with enough half & half to soften its robust flavor, in the delightful company of strangers, I realized transitions are ubiquitous; Teaching us, conditioning us that change is inevitable. Our minds like antennas, if in tune to receive the signals, we empower ourselves to replace old, limiting beliefs with new, empowering ones. We invite change inside, to navigate a fresh, undulating path , and welcome the energy of endless possibility to manifest in our lives. The choice is ours for the taking, and the decision for the making.
Is your mind awake to hear this calling? Or are you attached securely to what you know and fastened tightly to the belief that life couldn’t possibly offer rewards for you on the other side, let alone the proverbial greener grass we are taught to fear and told does not exist? Have you dared to step out in faith, into the deep unknown, trusting your instincts and inner voice to guide you on your path towards your passions? What do you have to lose? Better yet, what do you stand to gain? What will it cost you in the long run if you deny your truth? What if instead of searching for greener grass, you dream of a future in soothing shades of limitless blue skies? Ever thought about creating your passion in vibrant, clementine hues of orange? Maybe you decide to plan a sunshine journey in yellow intellect. Or meditate in circles of purple, encouraging wholeness and unity with the universe. If the stirring is inside of you, be courageous. Be BOLD. Trust your instincts. Trust yourself. Give yourself permission when no one else will.
“The journey of a thousand miles begin with one step”, as the saying goes. What might this 1 step look like to you? Would it unleash incredible potential, propelling you towards your passion? Would taking a courageous step forward into the expansive world ignite a spark that would change your destiny forever?
If there is one thing I love , it’s the simple joy of discovery while on a journey. The anticipation inherent in every adventure- namely, the people I have the pleasure of meeting along the way, sharing circumstances, and connecting with in plain, yet profound ways.
Take for example, Charles, pictured below, whom I encountered while on a 13 mile trek to Grinnell Glacier in Glacier National Park, Montana during the summer of 2014. Charles’ story is incredibly fascinating, and certainly inspiring! I intersected Charles on a few different trails while hiking in the raw beauty this section of the park afforded. On the 3rd encounter, I figured it time to ask his name and find out his story. He shared that he had always wanted to hike this trail, but had fears about his ability to finish. After losing his wife a short time prior that year, he decided in that moment, that NOW was the time to make the journey. He stepped out into fear, the unknown, while guided by an inner light that told him to trust the process during his life transition. May you, like Charles and like me, embrace the transition in which you find yourself. Keep pressing onward.
We are all on this journey of life together, interconnected. May the lyrics of this song inspire your soul and give you a fresh reminder that we are already set free by the love of our eternal Creator!
I’m painting my life transition orange -inviting creativity and feeling in, and adding long brushstrokes of purple- connecting me to oneness with humanity, and the unifying, healing properties it embodies. What color/s will you choose?
“Hope Now” by Addison Road. Close your eyes and let the words penetrate your soul! You are so deeply loved! Stand in this love!