Have you arrived? Will we ever ‘arrive’ ?

Carol Schulte ~ Do you ever arrive?

(my week in pictures… participants from ‘IGNITE’ working hard, showing off my gorgeous flowers, Trainer Jane and I at Loral Langemeier’s 3-day event, one massive wing and the view from the plane, having fun at London’s first ‘Spark your G.E.N.I.U.S.’ workshop.)

It’s been an exciting week. And although I don’t want to make it all about me, I have to say my IGNITE full-day event on Saturday was amazing. I am FULL of gratitude for an awesome group of participants who played full on and did some awesome work. And a special kudos to the incredible ladies I’ve been working with over the past 6 weeks who completely surprised and spoiled me with 4 dozen roses, a lovely card, and a heartfelt speech ~ a moment I will not easily forget…

And then on Wednesday evening, a few hours after arriving in London, I step out of one of those infamous London black cabs in front of this unassuming traditional British alehouse. A little weary at first, their ‘red room’ in the basement proved a perfect setting for a ‘Spark your G.E.N.I.U.S.’ workshop.

Something tells me the Brits aren’t quite used to doing this type of inner work! Some admitted the questions were quite tough, and it was certainly more challenging than normal to get audience participation. That being said, there was a special energy and buzz in the room by the end of the evening.

One of my incredible cousins, who was the catalyst for making this event happen (THANK YOU!!!), asked me an interesting question afterwards: “So, do you feel as though you have arrived?”

I admit I was totally taken aback. I hadn’t really thought about it before. Now my initial instinct was to reply ‘No! Not all ALL!’ In my mind, I have a LOT still to figure out…

However, in the conversation that ensued she pointed out I am now doing exactly the type of work I want to be doing… and had just given my first International workshop after all ;-).

It got me thinking… when does one arrive?

Well, do you ever? I mean, as soon as you have crossed something off your list, or achieved that goal, almost instantaneously you are working towards the next thing. And so, in a way, you never really arrive. And perhaps that’s the whole point.

Considering that for a moment, I experienced a huge sense of relief. Allow me to explain.

If you never ‘arrive,’ then:

  • there is no pressure to ‘get’ anywhere
  • there is nowhere I have to go…
  • I don’t always have to know where to go
  • there is no rush
  • it really is about the journey

If you never ‘arrive,’ then the ride is all there is. And if that is the case, then enjoying it must be the point.

And so if you, like me, often feel the pressure to get somewhere or achieve something, perhaps we can sit back and relax… because although it’s important to be moving towards something, if we will never get ‘there’, we may as well enjoy ‘here.’ Click to tweet it out!

Another of my cousins offered an apropos quote on the subject I also happen to love:

It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end. ~ Ernest Hemingway

And speaking of enjoying ‘here’ ~ I’m going to get back to the family and the pre-party planning and celebrations!

Have a FAB week, everyone!

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What are your thoughts on this matter of arriving? Do you think we ever ‘get there’ ? I look forward to reading your comments below :-).