Two years ago this month, I decided to follow my heart and fly to meet Jim, my soul mate, who was living in the US. We had met in Budapest some 6 months prior at a business conference. That meeting had set light to 45,000 words in email correspondence that led to my decision to take that flight. Now we are partners in both business and life. In all honesty, I could never have foretold my future back then. I boarded a that flight to see him, trusting that whatever was to be would be. I knew my decision would change my life.
My senses told me that my heart would know if I only listened to in … that my heart and soul would make it possible. Since then trust has become my steadfast companion, my prime value, my friend, and my core strength. I learned to first trust my heart and soul, then my mind. Over-thinking a situation that is more about feelings than rational thought can rapidly drain the heart and soul of any desire to continue on by saying such things as “don’t be foolish,” or “ what if ….?”
I have made choices that others might reject almost out-of-hand. I have set off on adventures that even family and close friends have deemed unwise and imprudent at the very least. I have taken risks that now seem – even to me – to have been a little reckless. I have changed my habits, re-invented myself more than once, learned new skills, gained new perspectives. I have travelled to new lands never before visited and I found my soul mate thousands of miles from home where I always thought he would or perhaps should be living . Yet I am a normal human being. I miss my children and my grandchildren so very much. I miss the country I was born and raised in, the home of my family, my children and my grandchildren. Do I suffer the pangs of homesickness for them? Of course I do, yet I know they too trust in me and that they know my journey is important to my own progress as a spiritual human being; as a loved one and always as a woman, a mother and a grandmother. They are always in my heart and in my thoughts. What has happened to me – through I had wondered was ‘pure chance’ – feels very much as though it was planned by forces far greater than me.
Indiana Jones – in The Last Crusade – stood at the edge of an abyss trying to decide if, in fact, there was anything underfoot to keep him from falling to his death should he take even one more step. Yet, when he drew upon his inner courage – when he stopped listening to his brain and listened to his heart – he was given the courage to take that leap of faith and so he stepped out with faith into the absolute unknown.
We (Jim and I, not all that long ago) stood on that very same mythical precipice with our toes at the very edge of that abyss perhaps asking ourselves – in our own way – “What would ‘Indy’ do?” As we all know, the fearless Indiana Jones did trust his instincts, his heart and his soul and unfalteringly stepped forward and made his way across the great divide, scattering sand across the bridge that those behind him might follow safely. As life adventurers, Jim and I too believe this is our last crusade together; that we are in the right place at the right time … we are where we were meant to be at the precise moment we were meant to be there.
And it is to Malaysia that Jim and I arrived last November. How did we get here? Why did we come here? A leap of faith, yes, and we trust that all we have worked to develop over our lifetimes spent apart, and our short life together in the last two and half years, put our feet on the path we walk, the one that is leading inevitably to our destiny … that we are not here by accident and that our feet have been kept on our path for the express purpose of bring us to where we now are – together.
We are now working in together to create our legacy.
We learned what that was very early on in our relationship. Jim told me that, when all was said and done, he wanted to “leave the world a better place” for his having been here. It was this simple combination of words that he spoke to me that sealed my love to him in May 2012. The interesting part is, that in approximately the same words, my passion too is to manifest that same legacy, and in particular to show people how to tap into their natural entrepreneurial creativity and spirit and guide them not just to be a successful financially but to lead a truly happy, balanced, healthy life.
We believe that – especially for mature people like us who are deemed all too often to be out-of-time and no more than a liability – there is a silver lining right now in today’s economic chaos that provides an opportunity for all of us to create a new quality of life through nothing more than identifying our passion and manifesting in any one of dozens of ways. The opportunity to do something meaningful with the time ahead of us is as real and as achievable as that which we can look back on with pride.
As long as there is a tomorrow, there is an opportunity to do more good … to leave the world a better place for our having taken the time to effectively and appropriately utilize all of the time that we are given, not just the time already used.