In a moment I was there, following the path to where it crossed another road and turned sharply to the left. My curiosity pushed me onward. And then a sign past a tree-sheltered bench said, “North Wellness Walk, ¼ mile – Keep Going!” I was hooked. Wisps of fog skittered along the path with me as I ventured through unknown territory. The newness of each bend and turn was exciting. I was on an adventure – in search of the next signpost.
I think life is like this. There are signs to show us the way on our adventure. We just need curiosity and courage. Of course, I’d prefer literal signs to push me onward. But maybe it is the soft knowing of intuition or a phone call or an inspiring podcast that show us the next step (or remind us of what we knew all along, but had forgotten) and embolden us to keep going.
Right now I can see far enough ahead to know that our life path is literally taking a sharp turn in April: back across the Atlantic to Norway. Amidst the preparations, organizing and logistics I’m constantly aware that this will be a major life change. I fluctuate between excitement, dread, calm, and overwhelm.
I don’t know exactly where the path will take me. I don’t know what I’ll be doing, which job my husband will get, or how I will cope with the weather and leaving my beloveds and the familiar (again).
But this I know: there are signs along the way. Carrie Newcomer gently sang one to me last week (you can listen to it here). These lines spoke to me:
Now the old has already passed away
But the new is too new to be born today
So I'm throwing out seeds on the winter snow
As the cold wind begins to blow
Standing here on a new threshold
I can see a warm dim light in the window…
There's a light, there' s a light, there's a light
in the window.
It was quite a discovery that foggy afternoon – a loop scattered with quiet, tree-lined stretches, birdsong, sheltered benches and a few small gardens. I’d never known it was there if I hadn’t wondered and then wandered.
I’ll trust that this journey I’m on will be just as much of a gem of a discovery.