Soulful Sunday: New Friends

I have lived in the same general area most of my life, so I know a lot of people in my hometown through school, college, church and work.

I have had many friends over the years who have come and gone. Sometimes I have a hard time accepting that people go. My sister and her husband and stepson live in California. My best friends live in Texas and Georgia. And I have great friends I have met over the years who live as far away as The Netherlands!

A thought that has popped into my mind is “why make new friends if they’re just going to leave?”

But the overwhelming inner response is always: “Look what I would’ve missed out on if I hadn’t been open to new friends?”

As much as I wish I could keep all my dear friends close to me physically, it is impossible–unless I become wealthy and pay for their expenses to live nearby (which I’m not above doing if I ever win the lottery).

So I remind myself to be open to new people. And when a person who I am close to announces they are leaving, I tell them I’m sad for the departure but I’m happy they have a better opportunity elsewhere. And I always think one day we will be together again!

Having friends all over makes it awesome to get to visit and go to new places. It just makes it hard to decide where/who to be with for holidays!!

How do you accept change when it comes to friends and family moving?

Wisdom Wednesday: Pursuit of Passion

Life screams at me sometimes.

In the last two days I have had a recurring theme approach me through quotes and a conversation.

I wasn’t looking for quotes and I wasn’t looking for a theme, but when the same thought repeated itself, the dots began to connect. I went back and revisited the quotes and realized someone / something is trying to get through to me.

Whether you call these nudges God, your inner voice, intuition, the Universe or whatever, it stops being a coincidence after the first two thoughts (in my opinion).

Here are the quotes:
“Making a big life change is scary. But, know what’s even scarier? Regret. “ Seen on Pinterest, author unknown

“If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine. It is lethal.” Paulo Coelho, Writer

Those two quotes I happened upon through Pinterest.

“You can’t just sit there and wait for people to give you that golden dream, you’ve got to get out there and make it happen for yourself.” Diana Ross

“If you can’t find out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose.” Bishop T.D. Jakes.

The last two quotes were from a quote slideshow that was posted yesterday on Oprah’s facebook.

Here’s the link if you want to read all 17 life inspiring quotes: Quote Slideshow.

The final piece to this puzzle was a phone discussion I had with a friend. Since I’m sure he would not want to be named publicly, I’ll call him Ted. Ted was telling me how he’s been doing some deep soul searching lately. He said he’s been stuck in a rut, and he was living his life based on his circumstances and had begun to accept where he was in life. But he had a personal awakening and has decided to pursue his passions. He doesn’t want to just wake up one day and realize that his life has passed him by.  I explained that I have been feeling the same way, but that his conversation was a piece of a puzzle for me and my life.

All of the quotes and this conversation in one day was a little overwhelming, to be honest.

My life is YELLING. It is telling me to not just go with the flow. Don’t just settle for what I have. “Pursuing my passions” is not just a feel-good statement. It has become a theme in my heart that I can’t just let pass by. Today I choose to pursue my calling.

Wisdom is calling you and me to follow our dreams. Are we paying attention?