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The Adventure of Being Lost

It can be tough to be in an uncertain place, I know. I’ve been there before, I’m currently there now, and I’ll no doubt be there again. Huh. What do you know, just as I finished typing that sentence, it dawned on me that is a perfect example of the ebb and flow of life. Not unlike the four seasons of the year or the circle of life in the wild – there is a perfection that lies beneath cycles. They serve us and can probably serve us better if we learn to allow them to happen instead of fighting them along the way.

A lot of people I talk to are feeling a very distinct uncertainty around what they are doing with their life. I hear things like “Is what I’m doing making a difference?” … “I want something different, but this is all I know.” … “Why am I here and what am I supposed to be doing with my life?” Honestly, at some point we all start questioning things – and quite frankly that is a very healthy thing. For any of you having those thoughts, here’s a lovely quote:

How do I find my life’s purpose?
1) you never lost your purpose and
2) have no judgments about your life, no expectations, and give up the need to know what happens tomorrow
Live in the present. Appreciate where you are right now.

~Caroline Myss

No doubt that is easier said than done, especially for any of you who share my natural inclination to be a high achiever. But what if you made this a goal – challenged yourself to see how long you could enjoy the here and now instead of forcing something else to happen that just may not be ready to?

Which brings me to another tidbit this same friend shared with me; one that I’d honestly never heard much less considered.

“Prepare for the feast.” Okay, I have no idea if that’s a direct quote or who may’ve uttered the words, but I dig the idea behind it. Imagine if you will… *POOF* The big dream your heart secretly hides within is all of a sudden manifested right before your eyes at this very moment. Literally. You’re no longer sitting where you are now, no longer wearing what you have on at this juncture, no longer interacting with all the same people you normally do today, and perhaps not even living in the same part of the world you are now. Could you handle that? Maybe you could handle it initially, but more importantly, could you sustain it? Could you instantly step into that dream, have all the knowledge, skills, and behaviors that would afford you to KEEP it going?

I’ve always believed things happened in my life to serve me in some way. Ha, ha, ha – of course hindsight is always 20-20, right? What if I flipped that belief over and proclaimed what I’m going through right now – the feeling of being a bit lost, in a fog, unclear and very uncomfortable – is without a doubt serving me perfectly and paving the way for all my biggest dreams to come true? Wow, can you feel the positive difference that perspective shift creates? What if I took it a step further and embraced it with such love and appreciation that I could give myself permission to totally surrender… to let go of all expectations… to follow my heart instead of my head? What would happen then?

Joel Osteen suggested in his newsletter that waiting for God/Source to do something in our lives does not have to be a passive thing. Instead, we can act like it’s going to happen and start preparing for it.

For me that’d look like starting my day out on our dock by the water, looking at the palm trees and meditating. Then spending the rest of my day reading up on anything to do with balancing ambition and meaning in life, attending a yoga class, volunteering in my community, and caring for the man I love by tending to our home and needs.

Is it possible by letting go – of the shoulds, the goals, the extraneous weight on my shoulders – that the floodgates (a.k.a. the inspiration to do something else) might open at just the right time?

I don’t know, but I think so.

Here’s what I do know: Being lost can be a good thing because when we realize we’re off course, we tend to sit up and pay more attention to what’s going on. That means we take ourselves off autopilot for awhile. And that, my friends, is a gift in itself.

I’m thankful for that gift and am happy to say I’m doing a decent job of not judging myself, but rather observing how I feel and what I’m sensing. I’ve also started journaling more, have reached out to people I trust to discuss, and am making time to do the things that will help me through this cycle.

It’s amazing how things appear to support you once you are open to it. This morning after my meditation I had the thought that my “job” right now is to quiet my mind so I can hear the divine voice inside. Then my yoga class instructor ended our session by reading a quote that talked about the power of doing nothing. In the end, I’m still working on surrendering to it all, so sharing this helps. Thank you for being part of my journey and here’s to enjoying the adventure that being lost can perpetuate!


 

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