Have you ever been on the right path, the truly right path, where everything seems to fall into place before you arrive, where amazing offers come your way, often give free of charge? There have been times in my life where this has happened before, but it has been a long time since they have occurred in the manner they are happening right now. I am a big believer in manifestation, and at this moment I feel this incredible belief in the power of intention.
It started about a month ago, when I realized that my pain issues were pretty much taken care of (an amazing manifestation in and of itself), and I began conditioning and really focusing on climbing. People began to ask me to take them climbing, old climbing connections that I believed to be lost became renewed, and even at that point I was thinking that something special was begining to happen. It only got better and more amazing since then.
A teacher of mine at UCC (Umpqua Community College), who happens to be a marathon runner, had asked me to take him climbing, and so we began discussing possibilities, and with one thing leading to another, he ended up asking me if I would be interested in going with him on a backpacking trip to Grand Canyon and Zion National parks. Of course I said yes, and I began to ask him about how much he thought it would cost for gas, campsites, etc. I also mentioned that I would be filming the whole thing and making a movie about it, and he ended up telling me that I didn’t need to worry about the gas expenses, since he would have been going by himself anyway. I couldn’t believe it. Part of me wanted to decline the offer, but I reminded myself that you really shouldn’t reject offers like that when they come to you, so I said yes. Amazing.
A short time after that I decided to send in my ‘bucket list’ to Bucket List Publications, right here on WordPress, and while most of my list involves climbing in one form or another, I did put a few other things such as skydiving and scuba diving as well. About a week later, she contacted me and let me know that she would like to make my dream of skydiving come true, and did I know of any skydiving companies I knew of near my area? I immediately sent her the website address for the local company, so it looks like I will be doing that sometime soon. Now, understand, the offer of the Grand Canyon and the Skydiving occurred within about a week and a half of each other.
Oh, but it doesn’t end there. Being a journalism major, I write for the UCC mainstream, and my assignment for this week was to cover the outdoor recreation classes UCC offers, so I contacted Bill Blodgett, owner of North Umpqua Outfitters, and asked him if I could interview him about the whitewater classes he teaches at the school. He said yes, it would be no problem, but then today he invited me to go on an all-day excursion on our beloved North Umpqua river on Monday. Again, no charge. I was flabbergasted.
So let’s review – a trip to the Grand Canyon, skydiving, and an all-day whitewater rafting trip – all free of charge, and all occurring in a three week time period. Okay Universe, I am getting the hint. I am on the right path, I am heading in the right direction.
Now, I did have this happen to me once before, when I was around 24 years of age and living in Bellingham, Washington. Opportunities and offers kept landing at my feat with such great frequency that my friends routinely said that I was living a ‘charmed life’. Unfortunately, I let it go to my head and I really thought it was all about me, and got way too cocky about it. Then the bottom dropped out, and I went from living a charmed life to going through one of the worst and most desperately grim periods of my life, ending up being nearly homeless and almost ruining one of the best friendships I have ever had.
I would like to think I know better now. I know, without a doubt, that this isn’t about me. This is about love, and passion, and holding true to your path no matter what is thrown in your way. For me, that way is Outdoor Adventures, rock & mountain climbing, kayaking, rafting, and documenting it all so that the world can see my passion through filming and writing. I am much more humble now, but then, my family and I have been through some really rough stuff, at least financially, and that in itself makes me feel grateful for these amazing opportunities. I do not take these things for granted anymore. I will enjoy it while it lasts, but I also know that there will still be rough seas at some point, and I won’t always have these opportunities landing at my feet. I definitely have the ‘attitude of gratitude’ now, even for the routine things in my life – our humble home with its idyllic setting, my amazing partner and our even more amazing children, our extended family and our friends. We still may not have a lot of money, but I believe that will change soon, and when it does, I want to provide others with the same amazing opportunities I am receiving now. You have to pass on your good fortune, and extend it to others who might be in a similar boat. That is my intention as well.
I really am a fortunate person. I may have had some pretty rough times, especially with the pain issues, but even that was a great teaching experience, and it has forged a tougher, more resilient human being, so I really am grateful for it. Now I am almost completely pain-free, and I can now go after these adventures with a much more appreciative mindset. Not so long ago, it looked like my days of climbing and crashing through whitewater were nearing the end, so great was my physical suffering. I was a worn-out shell of a person. Now I feel happy and satisfied, just by the simple absence of pain. As Thich Nhat Hanh, the great Buddhist teacher says “The foundation of happiness is mindfulness. The basic condition for being happy is our consciousness of being happy. If we are not aware that we are happy, we are not really happy. When we have a toothache, we know that not having a toothache is a wonderful thing. But when we do not have a toothache, we are still not happy. A non-toothache is very pleasant. There are so many things that are enjoyable, but when we don’t practice mindfulness, we don’t appreciate them. When we practice mindfulness, we come to cherish these things and we learn how to protect them.”
Thank you to all of you who have been making these things happen for me, thank you to the great and wonderful Universe for working through them and myself to bring these little miracles into place, thank you to all of you who read this and are now taking part in this incredible odyssey. Thank you to my awesome friends and my loving, supportive family who have helped me arrive in this place. Thank you thank you thank you!