And unexpected turns
You know I meant to get back to work — back to you — after my road trip with so much to show you of California’s breathtaking views and vistas.
I planned to share inspiring interactions, road stories, humbling lessons learned, the love and joy of deep connections made. Really I did.
I planned to get back to my by-now very patient and generous clients, who were kind enough to bless my journey in the first place and who have been nothing but loving since I got sick. I thought I knew what was next, that it was time to start our active collaborations again.
And then, my sacred journey took an unexpected turn — sharply inward
I have just a few thoughts to share with you today, from my big grateful heart. I write so much about gratitude because I’ve learned what a huge game changer it is. For me, it is so good to express gratitude — so I can stay connected to my path even in [ahem] slightly trying situations and so I can be a useful participant in my own care team.
- Every sacred journey is an inner journey. This is what I’ve learned. Go out, drink up the experiences, bask in the beauty of this earth, take what you learn and transmute it into joy and wisdom. Bank it. Share your gifts and your passions, do the work you are meant to do — do the work you are meant to do. Whatever change you are meant to make, make it. However you are meant to heal, open the channel. Whatever your vision, share it. And then, when life happens in a way that brings you inside, follow this path too, connected to the ever present love of the divine.
- Let those who are here to help you, help you. Hospitals challenge cheerfulness, I find. Makes sense, I guess. I don’t come by good cheer naturally. I have developed access to love and good cheer by having a committed spiritual practice — prayer and meditation; by being of grateful service in the world; by giving freely of my time, treasure and talents. The access to that wellspring of cheer gets a little kinked up in here, like an occluded IV tube. So I set myself, and reset myself, and keep working on meeting people where they’re at, remembering they are here to help. The same tools I use in the world. Asking people’s names, making eye contact, many pleases and thank yous.
- One more and I’ll go back to my main job today, healing. It’s hard to manage a business from this position. (Part of me is laughing hysterically just writing those words.) So, my solopreneurial sisters, I feel you. When unexpected stuff happens for your clients, you use love, and flexibility, and generosity to help them manage their changes. I find the same principles apply when the tables are turned. I’m telling my clients everything that’s happening to throw our work off. I’m letting them know how much they mean to me. And I intend to include some gifts to them as part of celebrating my return to health. Sshhh! Don’t spoil the surprise.
Signing off, for now
My plan of the moment is to resume my New and Full Moon posts once I’m home. Just too technical for here in the hospital. Even a short blog like this takes hours, because I’m writing in code, no WYSIWIG.
I invite you to comment! let me know how this lands, share your story. This is a great opportunity for our conversation to be deep and healing. Thank you!