In a few days spring arrives. Spring opens the curtains and welcomes a fresh outlook, and a more expansive view comes into focus. With the drapes pulled back on spring, I begin to consider the year’s prospects: a trip, a new view of life, or a detour in nature.
The phone rings, and a good friend calls. He’s someone I admire and whose company I enjoy. He calls to share an adventure he and his wife are planning. Their upcoming journey will take the two of them from Greece to Southeast Asia and on to Australia. Wow, that sounds incredible. I ask, “More information please.” He continues to describe their trip in detail.
Now I’m a planner, and I too have a trip coming up later in the year. So, as he enumerates the components of their trip, I’m checking to see if I’ve missed any essentials in my itinerary. As I listen, he talks about their plane reservations (check), sites researched (check), and passports (check). Then I hear him say, “And, we’ve made dinner reservations for Thanksgiving in Bali!” I was so impressed with the precision of his planning and the joy in his voice anticipating that dinner that I laughed out loud. Imagine thinking each week about traveling to so many exotic places and enjoying Thanksgiving, a very American observance, on the other side of the world. I love their flexibility to step out of “tradition” and immerse themselves in an adventure. Delightful!
As the Spring Equinox approaches what do you see when you pull back the curtains and step out the door? By the time Thanksgiving arrives, no matter where I am in the world, I will give thanks for my friends who lead the charge of change and enjoy life’s unlimited opportunities.