I’ve been away from my husband for 10 days and left my home and regular routine almost 20 days ago. I’m spending time with people I love, enjoying so many new experiences, seeing the world, and realizing that the capacity I have to love and enjoy my life reaches much deeper than I thought.
Before I left I worried that …
- I would miss everything I left behind.
- My work would slide.
- I wasn’t prepared.
- Something would go wrong.
My illusion of being in control kept me holding on.
The reality is that the absence of a familiar routine and comfortable surroundings has made my heart grow. It’s grown fonder for everything waiting for me when I return and wider to make room for new cultures, adventure, creative ideas, flexibility, and the love of travel.
Absence has made my heart grow in every direction, and has been a great reminder to let go sooner and more often so I can clearly identify what is most important in my life.
You don’t have to leave town for a month, but create absence by letting go of the familiar and comfortable. When you do make the space or the void, you’ll feel compelled to fill it. Don’t. That’s where the answers are.
Slow down, back off, step down and release. In the absence, if you listen carefully, you’ll hear your heart growing.