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Postcard from Randy's New York Pilgrimage

Tuesday, September 1, 2009  at 5:25 PM
Were my expectations too high? Or my goals too lofty? I came to New York expecting transformation; I was seeking clarity and direction for both my career and my life. I wonder: “Am I the same person who boarded that plane two weeks ago?” No, I’m not.

I am different. My world is a little larger and my life a little clearer. Riding bikes along the Hudson yesterday, I realized I could live in New York. I will return soon, maybe not permanently but for another extended visit.

This has been an incredible experience. I came seeking connection, openness, courage, and clarity. I received all four.

Connection: I spent time with my niece and nephew and several close friends. I also met and spend time with several people who will become friends.

Over the past two weeks, I have been open to “what is.” I followed my energy. Last Sunday afternoon, I sat for hours in the park outside my apartment looking across the water to New York. It just seemed like the thing to do at the time. Whenever anyone asked me to do something, I said “Yes!” In every case, I am glad I did.

I’ve written before about my fear of subways and finding my way around New York. I now love subways and the adventure of finding my way to new places. I had a big “Aha!” this trip: this fear belongs to my Mother. I will no longer claim it as my own.

Clarity: As I wrote recently, no burning bush appeared. (Darn it!) But, I now have a peace around my life and where it’s going. Once again, I am reminded to trust and be patient. As I grow, my work will grow, and while I can’t pinpoint a goal or final destination, I trust all will unfold in its perfect time.

Today is the last day of this adventure. I’ve planned a special lunch in Union Square. I will dine alone. My friend Joseph Dispenza was right: any trip can become a pilgrimage with intention. I am exceedingly grateful for mine.

1 comment:

Tricia Molloy said...

Thank you for sharing your journey, so eloquently and honestly, Randy. That burning bush might very well be waiting for you when you return home.

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