The Call

In the words of Marianne Williamson: "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."

"To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Going To The Woods

June 11, 2008

So much has happened in the last few weeks. We have been to Oregon to unload and now we are in Port Townsend, Washington. I had all of my upper teeth removed. I don't recommend this unless it is absolutely necessary. Larry has had dental work.

We have enjoyed this past week alone. Well, except for the very large dog, Marcus, and 3 indoor cats that we are caring for. We have spent time on our favorite bluff overlooking the Puget Sound contemplating our next venture.....our next move....the path to take. We are wanting to do something besides just move to our next house - pet - ranch sit.

We are in a waiting mode. We are trusting in the direction showing up from a place wiser than what we would come up with inside our heads at this point. It is very tempting to grasp at straws and make something happen but since we "let go and let God" before Larry's surgery (and that experience still feels like a miracle) we are trusting in a roadmap from our Source.

We are planning to leave here next week headed to Oregon for a few days with a stop in Roseburg to look around and work in our storage unit. Then we think we'll take a little camping trip. Most likely down the coast. The ocean is always a good place for us to be quiet and still and open. We have long dreamed of spending more time on the Oregon Coast. We may even go to Ocean Cove, where we went on our honeymoon in 1981.

After that we are headed to Grass Valley, the gold country. We are actually considering mining for the summer. I can't believe we are considering this at our age but hey, we met our dear friend Hubert while he was mining at the bridge when he is 67. Larry only just had hip replacement surgery 4 months ago. It has been years since we mined and we aren't really sure where to begin but we trust that if it's meant to be it will feel easy and we'll find our way in a very relaxed, healthy and positive way. We would certainly both be in better shape after a summer of mining.

We have spent the week writing and talking about our next move. "Two roads diverged in the wood" and we have certainly taken the road less traveled, more often than not over the last 29 years. We have always dreamed of writing a book about our mining adventures. This would give us an opportunity to be in the places where we used to mine and to do some filming and take photos. It would be an opportunity to have the real experience instead of just remembering.

Right now we are practicing being present in the moment; with ourselves, our surroundings and each other.