Thing #34 – Pay Attention

Last summer, an acquaintance connected me with a woman named Leslie and assured me she’s someone I need to know. Since she lived a state away, we arranged a standard networking phone call. Within a few short minutes, it became apparent we had more than our work in common.

Fast forward one year (exactly one year to the day that this acquaintance gave me her name), and I finally met her in person. 

You know that feeling when you meet someone and you’re certain you’ve been friends for ages? There are people from whom you can physically feel a gravitational pull. It was that. We spoke the same language. We talked about signs from the universe and our sensitivity to energies around us. We shared our love of Sedona and the pivotal experiences we had there. We shared our big dreams and nudged each other to tackle the next steps. It was one of the most inspiring and affirming meet-ups I’ve had.

Not to mention, it was a perfectly timed meeting. It’s no secret that I’ve been deep in reflection mode, closing the book on one decade and preparing for the one ahead. My conversation with Leslie reminded me that Sedona was one of the most powerful places I’ve visited in the past decade. 

Sedona made me feel alive and brave, but also safe and grounded. It’s where I felt like I could be my best self, and surround myself with things that inspire me. The hopefulness I felt from my time with Leslie, coupled with the swirling energy around my next decade, gave me an idea – I should go to Sedona for a solo spiritual retreat. Hiking, writing, yoga, energy readings. I could create a cocoon for myself, eliminate distraction and start organizing my ideas into action plans. 

Just like how my solo trip to Europe for my 30th birthday set the stage for a decade of being brave, independent and adventurous, a solo trip to Sedona for my 40th birthday would set the stage for me being centered, focused and attentive. Within two days, my adventure hatched. It happened because I paid attention. 

There are people who come into your life at just the right time. They seem to emerge out of nowhere. You may not know right away why they’re there, but it’s for a reason. It’s not an accident that they meander onto your path to wander alongside you. But when they do, your job is to pay attention.

Maybe you’re rolling your eyes. That’s fine. This is simply one of those things I’ve always believed to be true. And when I meet people who also feel this way, I feel way less alone. Which is probably why I love Sedona. It’s full of people who believe all this crap.

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