Leap and the Net Will Appear

I had a wonderful time at the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) annual conference in Palm Springs. I’ve been a member since 1992 and I just love seeing the friends I’ve made there through the years. I also like seeing how the organization has moved forward influencing the nursing profession to be loving and compassionate and person-centered. I presented a Dreamwork workshop and as I walked around the venue the following days, many of the participants told me how much they enjoyed it. The feedback was so sincere and heartfelt that I got re-energized about learning more about dreamwork. I looked up the International Association for the Study of Dreams website and discovered that their annual conference starts this Friday in Anaheim, California. Well, I decided that if I want to continue teaching dreamwork, it’s time for me to update my knowledge, so I’m going. And since the conference is just 2 miles from Disneyland, I’m taking my grandson and his girlfriend (Interestingly, we were just talking last week about how we want to go to Disneyland). It’s been a bit of a tickler to stick to my decision to go. My 12th grandchild (Henry) is scheduled to be born this Thursday morning, and I’m leaving Thursday evening. I will miss another grandson’s birthday party on Saturday. And I promised to watch my son’s dog while he is attending the birth. I know it’s important to my son and his wife that I be here for the birth, and I don’t want to hurt them or be insensitive, so I have been ruminating about this. Have I made the right decision?  A nurse at the AHNA conference said, “If you’re meant to go to the Dream conference, it will all work out.”  I prayed about it this morning and the answer came to me, “Just let things unfold.” So that’s what I will do. Instead of second guessing and fretting about making a mistake, I will be open to whatever presents itself. If my daughter-in-law’s labor does not go smoothly, or if something else comes up, I can simply cancel my trip. Since I am using the “let things unfold” approach, I won’t  be disappointed if things don’t go according to plan. I am staying open to all the possibilities. As my dear Mom often said, “She who expects little is seldom disappointed.”  And one of my favorites: “Leap and the net will appear.”

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