The Next Step

This week was another labyrinth walk, which are always good for some insights.  This time, though, I didn’t seem to have any insights — until this simple reminder struck me:
Sometimes the next step is just the next step — nothing wow, hip & cool, major, meaningful, or insightful.  It’s just the next thing.  I feel stuck again.  I’ve been clearing a little bit, and my life/alter ego seems to have come roaring back to remind me who I am: I’m that person who gets stuck, who never really changes, just goes in circles.  But I’ve decided I don’t want that.  And so I see the step for what it is: a chance to stop, breathe, practice self care, and wait.  Wait for the time to move forward again.  But I don’t have to be idle.  I can do a basic energy meditation, write, read, sweep, and do some yoga stretches, because ultimately what I want is to stretch myself, move past my stuckness and out of my old limiting definition of myself.  And smile.  I definitely want to smile.  And seeing this next step for what it is, just a step, and looking past my limited view helps me do that.
Next week will be spent in Minot, North Dakota at the Host Fest, a Scandinavian Heritage Festival that is HUGE fun.  Check it out at http://hostfest.com/.  In the meantime, the goal is to survive this week.  For some reason, both Steve and I are very stressed about the trip.  My theory is that we want so MUCH out of this trip and have such high expectations that it makes our normal lives pale in comparison.  With any luck, I’ll take lots of pictures and actually figure out how to get them off of the phone and on to the blog.  When we return, I start a writing class with one of my favorite bloggers , Tammy Strobel at Rowdy Kittens http://rowdykittens.com/.
In the meantime…  Keep smiling!
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3 responses to “The Next Step

  1. Kay Allen

    I hope this reply gets to you…. IADORE getting your writings,,,, while my I REFUSE TO BE UNHAPPY HOUR(S) AT FLAMINGO TERRACE notices are pure whimsey,,,,yours are the other side of getting to MEANING and Slugging through the ole life process… You are doing great… Enjoy your trip and the rest of us will enjoy it through your eyes (and maybe photos)!! Cheers! KPA

  2. Thank you so much. Always nice to know the posts are appreciated! Of course, whimsey is good too. 🙂

  3. Carol Woods

    Keep smiling and have a WONDERFUL time in Minot!! We loved seeing you on Monday and are grateful for your help taking down the Labyrinth!!

    Love, Carol

    From: Open to the Possibility Reply-To: Open to the Possibility Date: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 8:47 PM To: Carol Woods Subject: [New post] The Next Step

    WordPress.com opentothepossibility posted: “This week was another labyrinth walk, which are always good for some insights. This time, though, I didn’t seem to have any insights — until this simple reminder struck me: Sometimes the next step is just the next step — nothing wow, hip & cool”

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