Thursday, February 7, 2013

ON getting there when we get there

 the other day, i awoke to a bunch of text messages
and made the mistake of reading them before meditating.
so many questions needing immediate responses, so many people, all before 9am.
it made me want to pull the blanket over my head and hide.
instead, i put my phone on airplane mode and honored my commitment to my meditation practice.

and a short while into my morning session, a quiet truth made itself heard:
you'll get there when you get there.

you'll get there when you get there. i felt the words wash over me and suddenly, everything was fine.
the fact that i was running late: all good.
the fact that i have nothing stable in my life: totally fine.
the fact that i'm not sure when or how i'll achieve my dreams: okie doke.
because i'll get there when i get there. and not a moment sooner.

it's so easy to get caught up in stuff, isn't it?
in our day to day lives, in our minds, in the future, in the past.
we have these great, grandiose plans for ourselves, our relationships, our careers.
but no matter how hard we wish for something, or long to already be in the next phase,
we can't make those things arrive faster. or demand them when we want them.
and plus, if you think about it, isn't that kind of the joy of living?
humans are apt to want things, that's how we're made. what if we got everything we wanted now?
what would we long for or work toward? we'd have nothing to look forward to.

the flower in the photo above stopped me dead in my tracks with it's layers of beauty.
it was pretty impossible to capture it on my iphone, but take my word for it: stunning.
and while cliche, it echoed this same truth. that flower did not arrive on the earth like this.
it didn't start out as magnificent and colorful and fascinating and open as it is now.
it started it's life's path in the dirt. the dirt! it didn't ask how it would turn out or plan it's future.
it just did it's thing, grew as it should, took it's time, and look at it now.

each path is perfect. each path is meant. including the one you're on.
there are so many things we'll experience in our lives, so much joy.
there's no need to rush or worry. we'll get there when we get there.


  1. I've never thought about what would happen if I got everything I wanted right now, and if I wouldn't have anything to look forward to. Interesting! Great post.


  2. I love that analogy. I needed to hear this today, as I'm embarking on that unknown future that I was longing for (and yet trying to shake the anxiety I feel about it). Are you reading my mind, Kerry? :)