It’s been awhile since we’ve hung out together. I’ve missed you. All that get-stuff-done urgency and distraction energy this past week of getting ready for Retreat got between us.
Before arriving at the Retreat, I spent the night at my friend Amy’s house — an hour’s drive from home, and a 12-hour decompression chamber between “normal life” and Retreat. While I was in that space between exit and entry, I must admit I had a lot of resistance to letting go of being connected. My iPhone addiction went a little wild…
The voices said:
You’re missing stuff! The world is turning without you! You’re going to be left behind!
My grounded self reminded me that although yes, my inbox will be overflowing when I get home, 5 days is probably not going to break me, or make me somehow “lose the race.”
What race? (My grounded self asked.) There is no race. If I came along for the first time tomorrow, I’d still have every possibility open before me.
The fear is that if I don’t snatch it (whatever it might be) right now, somehow it will spell disaster or devastation due to lost opportunity.
The truth is that the loss of one opportunity merely means the gain of another.
It’s all good.
I am where I am. Be here now. (Not wishing for there, but really being here.)
The beauty of Retreat is that it gets me into present time for a longer chunk than is my normal m.0.
I’m so future-oriented! (Futuristic is one of my top 5 Strengthsfinder 2.0 strengths, so no big surprise there.) Always building, growing, aiming ahead.
I’m not so practiced at now.
Yoga class — yes. Walks — yes (but then, I’m often dreaming and scheming while I’m walking).
So. One of the blessings of Retreat: The Now.
Treasure treasure treasure the moment. The Now.
So, Journal, I’ll meet up with you again tomorrow. Now I’m off to be in The Now with the other creative souls here in this sacred place, and then it’s time for bed.
Ahhhhhh. Three full days (plus a morning, before heading to my gig) to fully indulge my creative whims and be in The Now.
If you’re ready to work on indulging your creative whims, without having to go anywhere, sign up for the free tele-party that I’m co-hosting with my fellow Poobah of Play, Kelly Hevel, on March 7 — Living the Creative Life: Fact vs. Fiction. (And yes, there will be a recording, in case you can’t make it to the live call, but you gotta register to get the recording. All registrants will also get $100 off our upcoming course, Playing Around Online, and you could even win a full scholarship to the course! Click here for full details.)
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