LEARN: Commit by the Spirit – “I’m Not Going Anywhere!”

LEARN! … By the Spirit™ with Jerricia J. Ulmer

“I’m Not Going Anywhere!”

© 2012  Jerricia J. Ulmer, M.Ed.

February 6, 2012

I don’t know about you, but wanderlust runs in my veins. Whether fantasizing about being on some remote Caribbbean island with my significant other or daydreaming about raising a ruckus in L.A. with my girl crew or trying to teleport myself to a swamp tour with some very skilled, cunning Cajun named Boudreaux, I would always want to be someplace else. Then it occurred to me: I would always want to be someplace else. 
 
Don’t get me wrong: wanderlust is great! It can be fun. Travel can open our minds to flora, fauna, people, and cultural experiences we never thought existed or only heard about via the Travel Channel. But what I was doing in my mind was running, hiding. I could envision myself sipping something cool while hanging out on the pastel pallette of some French Quarter or Garden District balcony. But in my mind, I was still the same person, harboring the same fears and anxieties. I realized how applicable was that old adage “Wherever you go, there you are.”
 
So I decided to stay right where I am. To live in the moment. To face head-on the issues, people, and emotions I was feeling at any given time. And – just as importantly – to allow myself to ENJOY the moment. Ah, what a relief! What a gift to myself and others around me. I would now be fully engaged in a conversation, completely aware of the rhythm of his hearbeat when we were together, enthralled by the acrobat squirrel in the tree above.  I had grown appreciative of the Houston sun on my skin and the beauty of our neighborhoods, parks, and skyline and the Southern hospitableness of our people. No more wallpaper pictures of other places. No more spending countless hours wishing I was someplace else. I’m not going anywhere! Of course we will still take planned vacations and random excursions. And wherever we end up, that’s where I’ll be.

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