I went for a walk in the orchard this morning – in the rain. Magical. Peaceful. Refreshing. And yes, I was soaking wet when I came back into the house with my two equally dripping wet dogs, but we really enjoyed the sound, feel, and taste of the rain. We dried off quickly in our warm, cozy home. Life, when I walk outside in all kinds of weather, is good.
My usual excuse for not walking in the rain (running to the garage through the rain to get in the car does not count) is my not wanting to get my glasses wet. Today my solution was simple I went out without my glasses. I can see well enough to avoid the squirrel holes and the trees posed no obstacle, plus the deer and other wild creatures are happy to avoid me. So I went out, walked, and returned safely.
And so I ask my self: what other limiting beliefs or thoughts stop me from doing the things I feel moved or invited to do? I am aware that many places of resistance within me have been breached during my lifetime already. Sometimes necessity made it possible or the naming and claiming of the fear calmed me down. But choosing to live on my own personal growing edge means that there are multiple opportunities to move out and beyond the limits I might allow to stop me.
One such boundary is age. So on this rainy I picked up a book that a friend sent me a few years ago: Great at Any Age. These facts cleared up any misconceptions that might hold me back. At 76: Clara Barton was working as battlefield nurse during the Spanish-American War. Henry Fonda starred in On Golden Pond, which won him an Oscar. Thomas Jefferson began designing buildings and developing the curriculum for the University of Virginia. And, yes, August Rodin married his life-long companion of over fifty years.
So as 2017 continues to unfold, I will be writing, speaking, and guiding seekers on life’s journey. ABCs of Grief: Reclaiming Life after Loss (my second book) will be published in February. My presentations to groups will include topics like, Stories That Strengthen Our Souls and Self-Care in Times of Sadness. Journeying with others through the wilderness of grief will give me the opportunity to reach out to people in our Lake County community and beyond.
What about you? Do you have any limiting beliefs that you are ready to release this year? Be blessed in each step you undertake. And yes, come walk with me gently on Earth (even when it rains).