In the meantime, I spent a good part of yesterday digging trenches and busting up the layers of rock in the way of said trenches with a pick axe. My brother and nephews accompanied me, and we all weilded shovels and traded off the pick axe. Soon, hopefully sooner than later, those trenches will hold the gas and water lines for my new home...which is actually my brother's empty mobile home on his reservation land. If you're new to my blog, I downsized a month ago in order to send my younger son to music school starting in January. Living here for the next year or so. Paying for fewer expenses. Saving for music school. Enjoying time to work on projects that actually interest me instead of merely pay the bills.
We thought the home would be ready by now. So, it goes...the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry... Thanks for the reminder, Mr. Steinbeck. (Yeah, I was a lit major...)
So, a little over a month after moving temporarily to my parents' house close-by (also on the Rez), I sit here today listening to the welcome and overdue So Cal rainfall, sipping a glass of wine, nursing a pulled muscle in my back from yesterday's axe-slinging...and thinking about the words of that quote.
Being the word and language geek that I am, I had to find the source. It's from the film, "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" but is actually - reportedly - the credo of Life Magazine.
Well, I think I'll make it my credo for a while, too.
It grounds me, reminds me of why I made the choice to make this move. This move, with all of its open-endedness and incumbent freedom...
"To see the world - things dangerous to come to - ..." Travel? Yes! First on my list is Brazil. But it's not just the literal, physical world that calls. It's people, perspectives, experiences, synchronicities, intuitions. And breaking your mind wide-open with the NEW?...dangerous, risky, thrilling, challenging, inspiring!
"To see behind walls..." We're not challenged to see something or someone new when we merely move about comfortably within the walls of our own comfort zone. Breaking down our own walls is the first step to breaking down - or at least seeing behind - others. When we do, we get to see things we don't expect to encounter. And we create the opportunity to embrace it! Or at least to simply see it...without judgment.
"To draw closer, to find each other and feel..." Indeed. Connecting is the culmination of these things. When we better ourselves, take chances, move beyond our comfort zones - kicking and screaming or smiling with confidence - we better ourselves. And it's not until we change ourselves that we positively affect one another - individually, globally, whatever - and create beautiful relationships.
To find each other and feel... Yeah, that's what it's really all about. It's in that dynamic that we affect one another and ourselves. So bring it on...even if it involves a pick axe and pulled muscles along the way!