The Adventure In-between – By Christine Callahan-Oke

Years ago I traveled to Portugal on my own.  I loved taking the train across the country.  I’d gaze out the large windows, enjoy the view and feel delicious anticipation (mixed with a bit of uncertainty) about what was ahead.  I wondered what my destination would be like and what new experiences awaited me.  But since I wasn’t there yet, I could simply enjoy what was around me with what felt like a heightened awareness of beauty.

Anything seemed possible.

When I travel, there’s real magic in the space in-between where I am and where I’m headed.  I love that.

And I now realize it’d be really powerful to bring that feeling, that sense of adventure, into my everyday life.  Though I try my best to live in the moment, I can’t say that I particularly relish all the uncertainty I feel when I can’t see where I’m headed.  I can’t say I get really excited when I have an idea of the direction I’m going but the space between here and there is obscured by fog, twists, turns and countless unknowns.

But anything can happen in-between and everything is pure potential.  There are endless opportunities for joy, love, lessons, growth and beauty.  How amazing is that?

So what if I let go of the need to control where I’m headed and simply be open to the beauty of the unexpected appearing along my path?  What if I released any stress associated with the unknown?

I guess what I’m saying is this.  Life is an adventure.  There is no real control.  There are no guarantees.  There is no “perfect” journey.  Just our own journey – the one of our choosing.

It’s messy.  It’s beautiful.  And such a gift.  It’s there for us to make the most of.  So how much more would I enjoy each day if I let go of tension associated with any “needing to know” and simply allowed the flow?

Are you able to embrace the unknowns and actually enjoy uncertainty?