“Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it. You must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it.”
― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love
So, I was thinking. Yes, a dangerous pastime, I know. What if… I took a year to Eat, Pray, Love. What if I took off a year of graduate school to discover what I’m really passionate about? A year to dance, read, explore, travel, seek out adventure, friendships, meaning, simplicity… To seek truth and learn to be still. To be open and to let God fan into flame the passions he has put within me.
Frederick Beuchner wrote, “The place God calls us to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” After trying to logically and analytically figure out what I should do and what I’m passionate about, I’ve decided that perhaps it’s best to just jump off this cliff in faith that He will catch me and lead me on a path that leads me to deeper discovery of Him and life.
In the words of Emily from Today’s Letters, after hearing Katie speak (Kisses from Katie), “I walked away being reminded of four things: to be faithful where I am, to say YES to today, to be relentless in loving others, and to lead with authenticity because vulnerability conquers all fear.”
I have always viewed life as an adventure. A play to star in. A treasure to discover. I do not want to look back and think, “Oh, I wish I would have done that.” Whether in work, play, or relationships I want to live life to the fullest and without regret. I do not want to wonder what it would have been like to be this person’s friend, or to go to this country. This is also what drives my desire to have a career that is meaningful and touches on my passions. Why waste one precious day on a job I hate?
All in all, I want to value each and every day as the gift that it is. I want to treasure the friendships and relationships in each of those days because in my heart, I believe that, most often, people are life’s greatest adventures.
So, here’s to saying yes to today, loving others, being open to adventure, leading with authenticity and holding tight to God’s hand while I walk, run, stumble and dance.