My mother is beginning an adventure in Africa. As I write this she is scheduled to arrive in Dubai to spend a night before flying to Lusaka where my brother Jake, his wife Kim and their two young sons will drive her to their new home in the wilds of Zambia.
It is an amazing adventure at any time of life. My mother, at 83 years young, is doing something many people half her age would be afraid to do.
Deciding to go was a process. Understandably, she had anxiety and many fears. A few days ago she told my oldest daughter that when fearful thoughts arise- such as being bitten by a deadly snake - she says to herself, “Well, I’ve had a long and wonderful life and there are far worse ways to die.”
She could easily have said no to this adventure and felt more secure.
What is security?
Helen Keller wrote:
Security is mostly a superstition.
It does not exist in nature,
nor do the children of men as a whole experience it.
Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure.
Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.
To keep our faces toward change and
behave like free spirits
in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.
Helen Keller - Let Us Have Faith (1940)
Staying home also would have been a fine choice for my mother. She has a wonderful life, living with her dog on the edge of a beautiful forest, just down the road from my husband and me, with many friends and rich, satisfying interests.
In stepping way out of her comfort zone to say yes to this daring adventure sheseems more alive, energized, confident and renewed.
Mom will stay in a compound on the edge of a national park, sleep in a tent overlooking the Kafue River, surrounded by a host of wild animals including crocodiles, hippos, lions, cheetahs, elephants and hyenas.
She will meet fascinating people, revel in a rich variety of new experiences and celebrate the 6th and 9th birthdays of her two youngest grandchildren.
Yesterday, as she drove away, Mom waved gaily out the open window of her red Rav 4, saying, “I wonder where we will go next year?”
Have you noticed that when you start saying yes to your adventures, opportunities for more adventures begin to show up?
Adventures come in many forms. Inner and outer. Large and tiny. Obvious and invisible. Private and public. Physical, mental, relational and spiritual.
When you hear the phrase, “Life is a daring adventure,” what awakens and stirs and calls to you…. in quiet whispers or in exuberant shouts?
I’d love to hear from you.
When in your life did you say yes to an adventure - of any sort- that changed your life?
What adventure is calling you today?
Sending you bright blessings,