This afternoon, I was reading a blog post by my friend Bunny from The Mighty Bunny in which she shared about a little note her son’s teacher sent home on a turtle shaped piece of paper. Bunny talked about the journey she has been on over the last year and making her way into a new routine. Her story reminded me of a visitor I had late one night about six years ago who’s message still speaks to me loud and clear.
My husband and I were preparing to buy a house, our first together. We had big dreams for the little cottage a few blocks off the water. As we were driving back from the café to our cramped apartment around midnight, we found a turtle in the middle of the road, in the middle of the city. We stopped, picked it up snapping and kicking and deposited in into a small pond on the edge of town.
That night I dreamed of the little turtle. He stretched out his wrinkled neck and asked me why he had come into my life. The next morning I pondered it and figured he was a sign to be patient with the slowness that might come with finding a home and to remind me that my home was never far away, because it was were ever I was. The advice came in handy as we place one contract after another. Finally, though, by practicing patience, we landed the house of our dreams, a far more perfect fit than any of the others we had our hearts set on.
This morning’s Wishcasting Wednesday prompt from Jamie Ridler asks: What do you wish to choose?
And again, I feel called to the wisdom of turtle. I wish to choose to keep moving, even when it is slow and to know as I make my way towards the ultimate dreams come true that I am where I am supposed to be. My dreams feel like they are in my face, that I am walking in them, even though they have not fully materialized.
I have been studying with Kelly Rae Roberts in her e-course, Flying Lessons. The course encourages us to better understand our dreams for a creative business and gives tools for working on the business, both within ourselves and in the business world. The work is so intense that it calls me into the reality of my dreams each day. One step here, another step there. And as long as I am taking steps, I am already successful. There is no winning this race, no finish line to cross, the point is to stay in the game.