I’m back. Not that I had planned to be gone so long. Life is like that – we make intentions (I am going to write on my blog every week) – then life happens.
How often do we decide to do the “right” thing – turn in the “right” direction and go from there? Sometimes this choice is spontaneous. Other times, we research the options, think about what we want to do, and then choose. Ah…. in my life, I have been well practiced at this. Until….a friend told me “3 lefts make a right and if you don’t believe me, try it out.”
I couldn’t help myself as I got up out of my chair and looked out the large window. The sun was shining, the birds frolicking, and the day inviting me to join her. I was ready to go outside, but I was curious with my friend’s challenge. So, I turned a quarter turn to the “right”. Wow, there was the bookcase with unread books beckoning me. “Hmmmm, that is a nice option.”, I thought. I did not fall prey to the books’ siren call as I returned to my starting place. I had travelling to do. So, I turned to the left, a quarter turn, once. Hmmm…. there was the doorway to the kitchen, it could be time for tea. At my friend’s beckoning, I took another quarter turn to the left, now I saw the couch. Comfy I thought, a good nap and rest might be just what I need. There was still the 3rd quarter turn to the left to make, and as I made my next move, voila, there I was, standing looking at the bookcase, again. 3 lefts do make a right – at each point along the way, I got to see more, understand the options that were possible, and choose any one I liked best, or a combination.
As well as I know this story and remind myself of it, I forget it. I forget that even though I see a possibility before me that I want to walk into, life still has her way of beckoning me to her and creating experiences that I could not have imagined.
What does this mean… really? My “right turn” in writing this blog was to create structure and an intention to write each week to share life’s discovery. I love to write. I love to share. And the time was to be gift of flowing experiences into understanding. And, what happened? Shortly after starting, I did not sit to write for a period of time.
I could say that I “failed” on my intention. I turned right, started down the path with determination and got distracted. This is a view. It is not the interpretation I have now, sitting, writing. As I embarked on my blogging journey, life called me to her and asked me to be fully present. I discovered again, the many blessings of family, friends and the world that are in my life. I felt sheer joy of being alive, with both the fullness of my daily routine and the blessings of hanging out with my daughter, planning her wedding, sharing dinner with friends, and being fully present in the ritual of spring cleaning at home.
In this writing silence, life has deepened, as I allowed myself to be fully present to what was in my day. I felt the truth of going with the flow, of reminding myself that at the end of the day, there is no achievement plaque for finishing a task. Life is about the fullness of being, creating, experiencing and feeling. It is nice to be back. I knew I would return.