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Try Something New: Your Life Is Your Adventure

Winter Trees - Photo by Diana Ensign

“Adventure is worthwhile in itself.” —Amelia Earhart

“The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure.”  —Joseph Campbell

As I sit looking out my window at the towering oak trees in my yard, I notice that even in a Midwest winter in the Northern Hemisphere, a few muted orange leaves still dangle from their branches, despite a ground covered in ice and snow. In spring, even those few lingering leaves will give way to fresh green buds. Growth, renewal, and change come to all things, in time.

My first blog post, “Deeper Roots,” was published here eight years ago on February 9, 2011.  Since then, I have published two books: TRAVELING SPIRIT: Daily Tools for Your Life’s Journey and HEART GUIDE: True Stories of Grief and Healing. These books may be helpful if inner peace and healing are what you seek.

With my writing, I have found—at long last—a path that feeds my soul. If you are feeling discouraged about the slow and circuitous unfurling of your own calling, know that our human journey here is something to relish, not rush. Like old-growth majestic oaks, some of us take decades to develop depth and wisdom—time focused on becoming not merely achieving. As Lao Tzu said, “Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.”

In an effort to expand my personal horizons, I have a couple of book ideas I am excited to explore. While it can be scary to begin new projects and step away, at least temporarily, from the familiar, I have decided to take a brief sabbatical from this beloved blog, “Spirituality for Daily Living.” I may still occasionally post if something moves me or if I want to share news of my progress. Please sign up to receive Spirituality for Daily Living posts in your email inbox if you would like to stay in touch. I will be sure to keep everyone abreast of what lies ahead. I do not yet know what tomorrow will bring, but I am taking a leap of faith today.

Affirmations for change: I release the old to make way for the new. I am open to guidance in all its forms. I fill my heart with peace. I lift my spirit with harmony, light, and love. I practice compassion toward myself and others. I take time to sit in stillness and simply breathe. I embrace the small miraculous gifts of each day.

May all our life’s adventures bring us welcomed uncertainty and ongoing learning as we continue to expand both our hearts and our minds. While we travel through our days, we can remember the brave words of Helen Keller: “Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.”

Until our paths meet again  . . . 

 

In joy & gratitude,

 

Diana Ensign

 

 

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