To Realize One’s Destiny is a Person’s Only Obligation
– From the Alchemist
Just when you think you have everything in place and under control – you don’t
This was our situation when faced with the unforeseen circumstances that impacted our plans to travel to Israel this week.
For me, change and uncertainty is a major challenge because the future rarely turns out exactly as planned. Over time, with lots of scratching, screaming and resisting, I am learning to embrace change or uncertainty, because it makes life much easier. Looking back, many times the unexpected turned out to be a good thing.
Yikes! We already purchased our airline tickets and paid for AirBnb’s for our trek to Israel and now the Coronavirus is spreading around the world. We were closely monitoring the situation in order to reduce the risk of becoming sick or quarantined overseas.
At first, we vacillated back and forth, we’re going, no we are not going, we’re going, no we are not going. Then we thought we made the final decision to carefully move forward with our trip.
Then the country of Israel dropped the bomb. All people entering Israel from abroad will be required to spend 14 days in home isolation. For our one-week visit, this will not work.
In planning, I thought this was the perfect opportunity to explore another sacred land by foot. It was incredible to think about walking through old Jerusalem at the confluence of major religions such as Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. Checking out the origins of the Knights Templar is of great fascination to me. I imagined exploring new places and walking in the footsteps of giants whose teachings had a major impact on humanity. We love sharing our stories, so there was already an article submitted setting the ground for our trek in this holy land.
This week has been one of those weeks. Sometimes it all comes at once throwing everything into chaos including waylaid travel plans, people facing life-threatening conditions, mix-ups in upcoming programs, family health challenges, complications in business, pandemics, etc. etc… The woe is me asks “Why does this all have to happen at once?”
There must be some sort of message here.
In life, nothing ever turns out exactly as expected. As a result, we will roll with whatever is the outcome. I recently reread the Alchemist. Its message “in order to live out our dreams, we must embrace the uncertainty of life, so to rise to meet our own unique destiny”. This sounds like a plan.
We will now pivot and find other lands to explore
I now understand it was an unexpected trek across Northern Spain that made me realize my calling. This destiny is to promote peace by connecting with different people, in different cultures throughout the world. Once we find, we are more alike than different, we find pathways to peace.
Where will be our next adventure? What will we discover? For now, we must embrace the unforeseen. Soon, we will return to Israel. I hope you stay tuned.
I urge you to grab a family member, or friend, or four-legged buddy and go outside for a walk. Talk about times the unexpected turned out to be a good thing. What are paths that can help you find your personal destiny?
Are you in?