A Walk to Remember
Do you ever feel the need to get away and just have solitude? Just be alone where you can hear your own thoughts? I am a people person, so the need for solitude isn’t usually a yearning for me. Recently I had that yearning to find a place where I could be alone and talk to the Big U (Universe, God, Source, Higher Self, etc.). Now you think because I live in Chicago finding space for solitude would be challenging, and often it is, yet not on this warmer than normal weekday in February. The lake called me and I went. Now, I talk to the Big U all the time, but that day I felt called to the lake to talk about a friend in need. As a matter of fact, when my head is full and I’m unsure what to do next, I go to the lake.
A woman who I adore was in the hospital, very sick, and I was being told she probably wouldn’t make it. So, I went to the lake and walked out at the end of this pier with a rock that had the word wholeness written on it. As I walked out, realizing there wasn’t a soul around, I took it all in. The beauty of the lake, the starkness of winter, the cold of the water, and the seeming distance I was from my Chicago. I could see it, but it felt a lifetime away.
I couldn’t believe how close he allowed me to be to him as I wasn’t even standing still…yet he stayed. I thanked him for staying with me. I told him I didn’t want to leave him but it was almost dark and I needed to find my way out. I told him my address as I don’t live far and I have a tree outside my bedroom window so he can come visit anytime. He calmed me down and I changed directions from the path he had blocked and was out of the preserve in minutes and back to my car.
As I started my car, I was truly overwhelmed with appreciation for my walk. I already believed that the Big U had my back and that whatever goes on in my life is to serve and not punish me, but in that moment, I not only believed it, I felt it. The Big U put that Cardinal in my path knowing I would pay attention. For a moment, I forgot about my friend in need and I forgot I was lost and nervous. I was in pure appreciation and astonishment that this beautiful wild bird sat so close to me for so long. I felt my dad there, now gone nearly 11 years, as he was always there when I was lost and would help me find my way.
That walk reminded me that even when you are in fear, whether it be fear of losing a friend, or fear of being lost in a wildlife sanctuary, or perhaps feeling lost in your life, that you are truly never alone. The Big U (or whatever name you choose to use) is there walking with you in celebration and sorrow. Take a moment, quiet your mind, open your eyes, and be willing to see the mysteries and magic of life from something as simple and yet personally profound as finding a Cardinal on your path.
Until next time, care to take a walk with me?
PS. My friend is doing miraculously well. The cardinal – I expect to cross paths with him again…especially if I find myself lost.
I am always supported wherever I am and wherever I go.
Words to LOVE By:
“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” Audrey Hepburn
“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” ~ John Muir
“Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.” ~ Albert Camus