Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Life's Grand Adventures

My dear friend, Brooke, sent this quote to me as hubby, daughter and I are a day away from embarking on a new journey in a new town. It is the perfect expression of what I need to remember:

"Your problem is how you are going to spend this one and precious life you have been issued. Whether you're going to spend it trying to look good and creating the illusion that you have power over circumstances, or whether you are going to taste it, enjoy it and find out the truth about who you are.

From her graduation commencement address to Berkeley."
— Anne Lamott

At what time have you ventured into something, not at all certain of its outcome and left behind what was certain, comfortable and good in the hopes of something life altering?


  1. When I moved from SLC to Ohio 8 1/2 months pregnant!

  2. When I was 18 I left my family for Costa Rica to study (I then quit university and remained in Central America for four years. It was there that I began learning about jewelry making ...

    When I was 23/24 I left my family for New Orleans where I lived (barely!) for four years. I learned the value of my life in a way I never thought possible ...

    When I was 30 I left my family for Greece where I wanted to live for awhile ... I learned about living with passion ...

    When I was 33 I left my family for Norway where I began building my new family with my husband

    When I was 34 my family moved back to Greece in order to live a full and active life ... and we are still here. Living adventures every single day.

    Every place I lived became comfortable, certain, good - for that particular time in my life. However, as I changed and grew, so did my needs for my environment, hence a move. I notice that I always returned to be near my family between these 'adventures'- I suppose they are a source of my passion and strength in life. Those times were full of adventure - of spirit and self.

    Living with passion requires a bit of fearlessness - a wonderment of the unknown. In the end, you location is not the adventure - that lies in your heart and in your spirit.

    Living your adventure is as easy as listening to your hear and spirit and then going along for the ride. And what a ride it can be ...

    Life is a continuous adventure not a series of events. Enjoy your adventure Heather!