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I am a social worker. I’m on the road all day, every day. One of my coworkers asked me to stop in a home for them. Normally I’m too busy to help, but I was trying to be an example for the rest of my team. I offered to go. Long story short, I now have the best dog in the world. She found me and immediately I knew she had to be mine. She is my best friend and light of both my life and my husbands. I thank God every day I offered to lend a hand. It was truly destiny.
A born and raised New Yorker, I’d lived for 42 years in or very close to New York City before moving to the Seattle suburbs. There, just a year after the death of my husband, my yoga teacher said, “I’m taking a group to Guatemala on retreat. You should think about coming.” I didn’t know anything about Guatemala except that it was somewhere south of Mexico and that people here spoke Spanish. I told her yes, without even knowing how much the trip cost or when it would take place. Three days after the retreat started I told another participant that I thought I wanted to live here. “You’re crazy!” she said. But she was smiling. A couple days later our group was brought up to the school in the rural village of Santa Cruz la Laguna and the children drew us pictures and sang songs for us. That other woman came up behind me, wrapped her arms around me and said, “It’s written all over your face that you’re coming back here.” Less than a year later, I owned land here and was building my house. A few months after that I sold my Seattle home, got rid of lots of stuff and moved here permanently. That was 15 years ago. This is still the home of my heart and my soul. And I suspect it will always be.
I love your story,
dear lasvistasjeanne. .♥
After graduating from university, i really didn’t know what I wanted to do. I had worked at numerous jobs. It wasnt until while volunteering with a disabled aquatic program that I met a person who worked with n the government. It was because f networking with them, that a year later I was offered a full time job with the ministry of community and social services. And I stayed in the field until I could retire.
My whole life has been that way,
and along the journey,
there have been places where I felt I needed to be,
even places of evil, violence, and fear,
but I never dared to dream
that I would be where I am today,
which is really where I think I need to be
Who knows what the future will bring?
Yesterday, I decided to go to a different nail salon for an overdue pedi… it ended up being a great experience and I will definitely go back there again:)
Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads today!
I got lost walking and I ended up in a very beautiful place. It made me feel so much peace and gratitude. I ended up finding my way back home and had a different and better perspective that I did before I got lost.
When I am in flow, open and aware.
Sometimes I have ‘good luck’ and delight in the gift I’ve received. Yesterday I regretted something I’d done and fretted quite a while over it. I’m realizing that might work out just fine, too, and I may as well stop stressing out over it.
While traveling, I’ve certainly had that sensation. Waking up in the morning, so excited to explore my new surroundings and feeling the apprehension and anxiety drift away. Also, an unplanned trip the the psychiatric hospital. Changed my life.
That unplanned trip would change your life, Charlie – congrats on making only one such trip. I’ve heard that a 2nd trip can be needed to teach one that it wasn’t just a one-time experience.. 🙂
Probably more times than I am aware of. Of late– Buddhism and Tai Chi.
Most of what’s happened in my life has been unplanned. I didn’t always feel I was exactly where I needed to be. Looking back, though, I can see how each decision, each circumstance brought me to where I am today. Grateful for life, grateful for what I’ve learned from all my unplanned experiences.
I ended up in a different state than the one I had come to call home after many years. It was not my first choice to be there nor did I really want to be there. Yet, I remained open minded and took some suggestioni and loe and behold I ended up running into someone from my home state that I knew…. at the time I knew I was exactly where I needed to be.
I’m never landing ! Lol! That’ is exactly where I need to be.
When we bought our property in the country two years ago. After living in the suburbs my entire life, I certainly never expected to be living on old farmland half an hour out of town. We actually looked at other properties in other areas but kept getting drawn back to what is now ours. Everything about it felt right, and it still does.
From my childhood on i wanted to be a painter. After studying fine arts, i decided to become a monk. A good friend was asking if i could help playing in the Jazzband so made my living with music. I thought i will make music for the rest of my life when I met my wife. She was the head of a famous fashionmagazine , and i did. the artwork and design. When our daughter was born, who got handicapped at the age of five months by vaccination ,my wife couldn‘t bear the situation and left.. though I never planned it, I became a nurse living with my daughter. I never planned a life like that, but I remember a dream, when i still was at Highschool. In this dream I was dressed in white clothes , helping dying people…
Thank you for sharing, Hermann-Josef! Yours is an amazing story. Warm wishes to you.
Your story resonates with mine,
a beautiful, wise life,
born of your tragedies,
perhaps one day
you will be drawn to Hospice.
It’s a very wonderful story ! I’m sure this life didn’t become yours by accident. You are destined for this,be glad ! You’re the only one who can handle this situation,and in my opinion it’s amazing .
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