I was on the last full day of an Outward Bound leadership program. We had been given two hours of solo time in nature. We had to stay in the spot they chose for each of us until someone came back to get us. The first spot I was given was next to a pond. It was pretty and next to water as promised. I was disappointed, however, as I had been eyeing the stream behind the dining hall for the past two days, wanting to just go sit by it by myself.
I asked to be moved to the stream and they gave me a new lovely spot right next to the stream. I dipped my feet in the stream and watched and listened to it for quite a while. There were beautiful bushes, tall grasses, and wildflowers all around me and no human sounds to be heard. Gorgeous and peaceful. Then the sun came out from behind the clouds and there was not a patch of shade to retreat to.
I love living in the desert but cherish any time I get in a forest. I would have loved to have been right among the pine trees, smelling their fragrance and watching the squirrels and birds. It was fabulous to get this isolated time in nature. How much better could it have been, though, if I had been able to choose my own spot?
What in your life right now is good but could be so much better if you could choose exactly what you want? Exactly what fits your needs? I agreed to follow the rules of this program and I didn’t want the instructors to worry about me. So I made the best out of this spot. Think about where you are in life right now. Was it chosen for you by others or by circumstances? Even if you are quite happy right now, would it be better if you knew that it was an intentional choice? Do you want to be able to choose your own future and know that you are doing what you want? A coach can help you to decide on your best choice. Please let me know if I can do anything to help.