- Art by Jeremiah Morelli
Word of The Day: Gateway
Definition – a means of access or entry to a new way of being.
Are you ready Guidance asks?
Today’s word beckons you forth on your journey of discovery. You are on the precipice of something big. Change is coming and we are being asked to be courageous in stepping through to the other side. The old way of life may be comfortable and complacent but is it joyous? Are you living your dreams or someone else?
To be sure you are ready Guidance asks us to pause and reflect before we step through that Gateway. Is there anything left unfinished? It is important not to bypass our unhealed wounds as we step into our new life. If we skip ahead we end up creating the same old life we had before.
Today’s word shows the opportunities that are available now. It also invites us to pause and reflect. Are we as ready as we think we are?
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I wrote this post several years ago but am finding that I am having similar experiences these days. Instead of finding undiscovered trails in the woods I am navigating uncharted territory in my life. My business is taking new directions and I’m dating again after many months of mourning my last relationship. I am scared but practicing fearlessness amidst all this change. I hope you like the post.
I was guided to go to Carpenter Nature Center for my walk today. Once I got there I found myself on a path I had never taken before. I hesitated at first because it was unfamiliar and I didn’t know where or how far it would take me into the woods. Being a woman alone in the woods can be a very frightening thing. Because of the blustery Fall day it was quite spooky yet breathtakingly beautiful at the same time. My mind started to take me to all sorts of frightening scenarios. I soon realized my fear had more to do with my inner demons than anything I would find in these woods on this day. This path I was on represented the part of Self that I was afraid to face. This path was my Powerful Self, my Brilliant Self, my Talented Self, my Unlimited Self.
All these years of walking the paths of Carpenter Nature Center I had never even seen the one I walked today. I knew this path was not the safe, familiar version of what I was used to. I wanted to turn around several times and go back to what was known but I didn’t. I kept forging ahead. I knew that continuing on the path of the unknown would free me from my fear of being Who I Really Am.
When I finally came to an area that I recognized I knew I had faced a part of my self that I have hidden from all my life. I walked to the river and I built these cairns to represent my hopes and dreams for the future.
I walked out of those woods a new woman. I faced my fears. I faced my Self. I. Am.
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- Pastel by Della
I awoke one morning a week and a half ago and I felt tired. I was tired of mourning the loss of my last relationship, tired of feeling bad about myself and tired of writing self-indulgent poetry.
So I took the bull by the horns, so to speak, and joined an online dating site. Mostly, I did this because I wanted to feel desirable again. My self-esteem was in the crapper and it needed a boost.
Online dating is not something I had ever done before. I had no idea how to go about it. Luckily I had a coach in my friend Linda who knew all the ins and outs of how to proceed. I had watched and listened to her adventures in the past year and was in awe of her courage. She was the reason I was able to take the steps to do this at all.
I put my profile up and within the first 24 hours I had 70 views of my profile and about 20 contacts. It was a bit overwhelming. It was pretty easy to tell right away who was serious and who was a serial dater. Some of the interest was obviously scammers and some obviously hadn’t read anything in my profile or they wouldn’t have contacted me at all. I even had one dude email me with anger because I was looking for someone who was into health and wellness!
By morning three I was seriously thinking of closing my profile down as this really wasn’t for me. I took one last look at who had contacted me and lo and behold a guy who wrote in complete sentences (and paragraphs!) reached out to me. He obviously had read my profile all the way through and was thoughtful in his words to me. I was intrigued . . .
So, tonight, after many conversations we will be meeting for the first time. I am both terrified and excited. My anxiety has hit the roof and I have grief coursing through my veins. Mostly, though, I am proud of me for taking this forward step.
No matter how tonight turns out I know I am brave and that is all that really matters.
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