Someone I love very much just left for Central America for a while. Maybe it was six years ago that I drove a long distance alone, to meet her, half-way between her house and mine, so we could drink a cup of coffee and talk about our inner lives, our unfulfilled dreams, and our commitment to see them through. She told me, then, that she wanted to travel to Latin America, to live there for some time in an inconspicuous place, where her young children could practice their Spanish and she could be close to nature. It sounded impossible at the time, not even a dream, a fantasy.
We talked, that day, about the steps she would need to take to turn the fantasy into a reality. It meant convincing her husband, paying off debts, maybe even selling their house, getting jobs wherever they were going. It seemed so big and impossible to pull off.
The first step was to talk to her husband. He knew of her fantasy, but didn’t know that it was really a calling, that it needed to become a dream. As I recall, she tackled this step quickly, only to recognize with awe that her husband, whom she had known so long and well, and yet whom she had doubted about agreeing to do this, was completely okay with it, if they could get their ducks in a row.
That part was harder. It took a long time, and I think they probably got distracted from the goals at times. But now they are here, and the time is exactly right, and I am full of celebration for her, and full of wonder at the power of her call. It remained present to her through difficult times, when trying to respond seemed harder than turning away. I am awed, too, at what this journey, and this fulfillment opens up for her.
Perhaps what it opens up won’t be immediately obvious. Perhaps it’s not anything really new. Perhaps the seeds of the newness are not meant to be sown in her own Path. I just know, though, in my heart, that this experience is utterly vital, deeply meaningful on so many layers, and that even I, so many miles away, am washed in the immediate, tangible blessing of this dream fulfilled.