Just Leap . . . And The Net Appears June 11, 2010Posted by nrhatch in Magick & Mystery, Poetry.
Our journey to Florida commenced when I wrote Palm Trees and Capris to describe how I would spend my last 24 hours on Earth . . . under the warm Florida sun, surrounded by family and friends.
That vision became reality in Self Fulfilling Prophesies.
Of course, none of us know how long we have before we exit this Earth. Any day could be our last day. It pays to make the most of the present moment.
“Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first.”
After writing about my imagined last day, we decided to spend the holidays in Florida, soaking up some sun. We rented a vacation home on Anna Maria Island, just south of Tampa, at a bargain price, and headed south a week before Christmas with our cat, Tigger.
Being on the Paradise Coast exceeded our expectations.
We loved being two hours from my sister and her family.
We loved the warm gulf breezes and the Florida sunshine.
We knew that this was where we wanted to be.
As the first week of our vacation ended, we resisted the idea of returning to the cold Northeast where our home on the Chesapeake Bay had languished on the market for 15 months.
After that, we would have to pack up our stuff, return to Maryland, and scramble to find jobs in an uncertain economy.
Despite our fears, we decided to do what we wanted to do, and keep our fingers crossed that our gamble would pay off.
Our fears hold us back
Spirit propels us forward
Listen to your heart
(1) relist the house at a lower asking price
(2) rent a moving van
(3) pack up personal belongings
(4) stage the house for sale with furniture and artwork
(5) allow BFF to resign from Habitat for Humanity and work two final weeks.
Mid-January, on a frigid day, with arctic winds blowing off the Bay creating sub-zero wind chills, we pulled out of our driveway and headed south. Two days later, we began unpacking boxes to settle into our temporary digs ~ a somewhat challenging task.
To conserve funds, we had rented a one bedroom, one bath apartment with a kitchen the size of a postage stamp. We left most furniture in Maryland with the house ~ we had no dressers, bookcases, or hutches to store our stuff.
After unpacking what we could, we started to explore the area. But, instead of enjoying the sun, surf, and sand, as we had on vacation, we worried about worst-case scenarios . . . visions of financial ruin swirling through our heads.
Instead of allowing life to unfold, a day at a time, we stressed ourselves with imaginings.
In early February, as we left an Arts and Crafts Festival, the Universe directed my attention to a book with a bright cover emblazoned with two words:
I picked it up, opened it to a random page, and found several quotes about not giving in to fear.
I found myself smiling that we had willingly embraced uncertainty.
I heard the Universe whispering, Don’t worry. Be Happy. Everything’s gonna be fine, fine, fine!
As doubts resurface
The Universe reminds us
To sail without fear
The next day, we received an offer on the house. A cash offer, with no contingencies. The buyers did not need to apply for a mortgage. They loved the house, and felt no need to delay closing for appraisals or inspections. They wanted all the furnishings we had left, except a TV.
Our life is our own
When we embrace our freedom
Instead of our fear
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