“You were made to contribute,” I read and these words felt strong and true. But what do I have to give?
Isn’t there’s more to my calling in life than providing a vacation for tourists? Building my world so others can enjoy it for a brief stay away from their own reality.
“Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from.” Seth Godin.
I believe this and have tried to live my life this way, yet I’ve been providing that escape for others. And doing so is what has enabled me to live the life others dream of, but don’t dare to walk away from safe and sound and secure to create.
Have I no further talents, gifts, abilities, that can help in some way?
Seriously, life is hard sometimes. Why can’t the answers just present themselves?
I’ve been told they are out there. Be still, silent, and listen. I don’t hear them yet.
I try to find a quiet time alone with her. Hear her wisdom. In wind and water and hard earth beneath my feet. Above the river, across the river.
Here, our Rio Grande, her stories are not old, but fresh and new, like fairytales heard as a child. Here, only miles from where she emerges from snowbank and spring to tint, trickle and trail the mountains and wind her way through my land, my world, my dreams. Here, she is new water, strong and pure, not yet softened and slowed, diverted, polluted.
Step in, she calls me.
And I do.
I thought you would be harsh, blunt, cold, shocking.
Instead I find you have softened with age, sun, seasons. You are summer waters. Childlike. Or very, very old and wise. Hard to tell the difference in your silver face.
Rolling over rounded rocks, as have I.
Take me to the other side, I ask of you, in a current too strong to remain.
And now I walk above you. And am there. On the other side.
Washed away by white noise of the river.
Stepping upon last year’s leaves still untrodden.