“And when we find ourselves in a place just right, ’twill be in the valley of love and delight.” (from "Simple Gifts")
Have you ever found yourself “in a place just right?” This has happened to me a couple of times in my life, and the sense of certainty is unlike any other I’ve known.
After recently retiring from a position I’d held for more than twenty two years, I wasn’t sure what was coming next. I knew it was time to move to whatever that next thing was, and I had to trust that it would come - the exact opposite of certainty. And believe me when I say I know how lucky I am to be able to do such a daring thing.
I had passed up a chance to participate in a ten day photography seminar in Tuscany for a variety of reasons, but mostly because I had other things on my calendar. About three weeks before the event, I received an email informing me that there had been cancellations, and the leader was willing to discount the fee for anyone who could join on short notice. I let it sit for several days, since I had already made a decision about it, even though my calendar was now clear.
But that email was still in my inbox every day. Eventually, I shared the information with my husband, who encouraged me to go, if I was interested. Who wouldn't be interested? After contacting the leader and learning there were still openings, I made my arrangements.
A few days before my departure, John declared a date night and got out one of our - okay, my - favorite movies, Under the Tuscan Sun. When I left on my adventure, he told me, “have as much fun as Francesca, just no Italian men, and don’t be buying any villas.” So imagine my delight when, on our first excursion to a Tuscan town, they were having a cheese festival complete with flag throwers! (part of the movie plot) It was one of those “in a place just right” moments for me.
I haven’t finished processing everything I learned about my craft or myself during that trip, but I’m grateful for the experience and the other five women with whom I shared it. I’m pretty sure the lessons will lead me further down that road to whatever comes next.
Do you have a “place just right” story? You are welcome to share in the comments!
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Shirley K. Weyrauch
I love reading, writing, and photography! Spending time with my family and friends around the kitchen table is about the best occasion I know. I'm just beginning to stretch my creative wings, so here's to gentle breezes and clear skies.