"If you limit your choices to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is a compromise.
-- Robert Fritz
Rick and I just came back from a quiet amble around the neighbourhood. It's so warm out for this time of year, we hardly needed a jacket. We crunched on crispy leaves littering sidewalks and gazed into the sky, picking out the occasional twinkling star as night pressed her shawl around our shoulders. A peaceful way to wrap up a busy day!
So now I'm sitting in my cozily-lit study thinking about this posting and what I'd wanted from the writing conference.
Although I hadn't had time beforehand to think about it, I knew as soon as Jane Kirkpatrick, our keynote speaker, spoke about connection. Yes, that's what I came for.... to connect with other writers, but not in a 'networking' capacity or to find someone who could help me in my writing journey.
No, I wanted the opportunities to reach past the surface and touch people's lives at a deeper level..... to encourage them... to notice and cherish their gifts of creativity. I wanted to get past the preliminary 'what do you write and where do you live' kinds of questions, to the place where we could share something from our hearts, emotions and passions. To be able to see someone's eyes brighten with enthusiasm as she shared a page of her journey with me.
Over the weekend, I had an opportunity to chat and connect with over a dozen individuals. As you can imagine, our encounters were only vignettes, moments in time, but they were special moments, where visions and dreams mingled, and life was shared.
I don't think I would have had the courage to reach out to people so freely if I had not first declared that's what I wanted to do. But when I did, somehow the rest of me was inclined to move into a position so that it could happen.
I hope you're inspired to think about what are your heart's desires. Remember, a desire accomplished is sweet to the soul.