Mom and I just returned from a four day holiday to visit my uncle (Dad's brother) and my cousin. It was a trip I feel I was destined to take.
From the time my uncle couldn't make it to our family reunion this past fall, I knew I wanted to go to him. When Mom had her own health concerns this past winter, I knew I wanted her to come along with me.
There were moments this past winter when I didn't know what our future would bring. I just knew I wanted to dream past the moment and invite Mom along for the ride. I wanted her by my side when I followed that dream.
The "dream", was this trip.
I am quite likely the last person on earth who should be spending their money so "foolishly" on things I cannot hold onto.
But as our house is filled to overflowing with "things", I know for sure that I do not want to invest in material belongings. I want to invest in my future. And at this very moment in time, my future feels dependent on doing the right things right now.
I came home from our trip, tallied up the expenses and (as always) there is enough sitting in my bank account to cover what I just spent.
I added my Las Vegas trip onto this Ontario trip and I see that I could have most likely bought doors and a living room window with the money I spent. I could have spent that money on something tangible and real. And something our house really could use. But I know in my heart of hearts, I invested my money wisely.
I invested in "the present".
Right now, right at this moment, I had the opportunity to invite my sister and my mom along on my little "adventures". Life can change in a New York Minute. These opportunities don't last forever.
Right now, right at this moment, my uncle is here and (hopefully) at a place where he appreciated and enjoyed some company from "home".
Mom has said on numerous occasions, that Dad's brothers are like brothers to her. This particular brother (my uncle) and Mom have a friendship that transcends "all". I think he knows Mom in a way no one else does. I think it was important for them to see each other and talk with no one else around.
Our family is having another reunion within days and my uncle and my cousin are planning to attend. We would have seen them anyway. But we wouldn't have had this opportunity to visit. Not the way we just did.
This was the right thing to do. I know it with every fibre of my being.
I heard some hesitancy within Mom's words in the weeks that preceded our departure. I thought she wanted to back out. This would not have been right, if it had not been Mom's choice to join me. But in the end she told me "Let's just go ahead with 'Plan A' ". And we did.
I asked her on our way home if she was glad we went. She said she was. I believe her.
When you feel something strongly, go where that feeling takes you.
When doors open easily and help you make your way without obstacles or detours, let that be a sign that you are headed in the right direction.
Follow where your heart takes you and prepare to be amazed.
Look ahead and enjoy the view. We just never know where the next road may take us ...
|Sitting in the back seat, looking at the back of my uncle and Mom's heads, I had the feeling of being a little kid,|
tucked safely in the back with Dad at the wheel and Mom at his side,
this view was one I had felt and seen before...