September 7, 2016
Two years ago today, Bill and I committed to risk a major life change. We were driving on Whidbey Island, immersed in its beauty and peacefulness as we celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary. The last few years had been difficult ones as my aging parents had lived with us and my work life no longer felt enlivening.
I turned to Bill: “What if we bought an RV to live in and traveled around the country? I could quit my job. We could sell the house.”
Bill looked at me. “Do you really mean that?” My words hovered in the air; waiting to see if they would truly be given a landing spot. “Yes, yes, I do” I answered. Everything aligned in me in that moment to say yes even though I had no idea about how such a thing could possibly happen.
Today we are in Louisville, Kentucky celebrating our 14th anniversary. We’ve been on the road since July 8th in our 21-foot trailer, Sophia, that is now our home. Beauty and peacefulness fill our days. Wonder is our constant companion as every day brings newness. I’m doing the work I feel called to do. Bill and I have time together that is precious.
When your body and soul exclaim, “Yes!” – trust that yes. Live into it with passion and the universe will respond. To be sure, you will encounter difficult moments along the way. Significant change requires tenacity and trust. It will be worth it.
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets: Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it!”
Fourteen years ago I said, “Yes!” to our marriage. It continues to have magic, boldness and abundant love in it. Love you, Bill!
2 thoughts on “Saying “Yes!””
Thank you Diane! I needed this today. And a very happy anniversary to you and Bill.
So glad the timing was helpful, Noelle! Thanks for the good wishes.