“Just say yes!” This was the invitation from my dear friend and teacher, Dr. Charles Geddes, five years ago this summer when he left a message on my voicemail regarding our upcoming trip. I had no idea what I was saying “yes” to, but that was my answer when I called him back. It turns out there were some last-minute schedule changes before the 2014 Big Sky Retreat and he was asking on behalf of the Board of Directors if I would be willing to facilitate a 2-hour workshop.
That was my first year going to this event, and I had never presented a workshop for that many people before. I knew saying yes was going to require me to move past my comfort zone. I also knew this was an opportunity to move in the direction of my dreams. It brought up some fear, but how could I say “no”?
Little did I know how those 3 letters Y-E-S would change my life. My workshop on “Forgiveness and Miracles” was very well received, especially the last 30 minutes where we set up a Family Constellation. That exposure led to other invitations to speak and facilitate workshops at other centers around the country. That first retreat is also where I met some of my closest friends and the man who would become my partner 2 years later.
After that first retreat ended, Charles and I rode the ski lift together behind the Big Sky Resort. Our chair took us up, up and away into that big sky with breathtaking views in every direction. Being lifted into that expansiveness was the perfect metaphor for the way I was feeling in that moment. Sharing those vistas and sacred time with my friend was more than my already filled-to-the-brim heart could hold. All of a sudden deep sobs bubbled up in me as tears of joy spilled from my eyes. Charles simply encouraged me to let the tears flow. It was as if someone turned a pressure-release valve on my heart before it burst with gratitude for everything that had happened over the previous 5 days. That precious memory with Charles will be etched in my soul forever.
Perhaps something is calling you to a more expanded version of yourself, begging you to say “YES!” True, it means you will have to venture outside of your comfort zone, but I assure you that’s where the juiciness of life is. Go ahead and take a bite!
Could you use some assistance navigating this new territory or breaking free of the gravitational pull of your old life? You don’t have to do it alone. I would be honored to walk the path with you. Look around my website or send me an email for more information about a series of Life Coaching sessions or a private Family Constellations session. Both can give you the tools and the courage to finally say “Yes!”
Until next time, let’s say YES to more miracles, opportunities, and blessings in our lives!
And the time came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
~ Anaïs Nin
Prepare yourself in advance for all the decisions you will make today by remembering they are all really very simple. Each one will lead to happiness or unhappiness.
A Course in Miracles – WB-64.5