These Next 6 Years

I’m on vacation this week.  I’ve been having a lovely time in Maine, with my family.  I’ve been working on relaxing a bit, just letting things slow down.  It’s hard for me.  I notice that my mind is never far from work, never far from my farm, never far from the list of things that need to get done. Often THERE, seldom HERE.

I went for a walk this morning along the misty coast of Maine.  I went by myself, seeking to drop into a some peace.  Less THERE, more HERE.  As I was walking I was struck by the beauty of the rugged cliffs, the spray of the waves slamming into the rocks.  I sat down on a bench overlooking the churning ocean.  For that moment, I was so grateful to be HERE.  Not THERE.

Whenever I drop into HERE, I start to notice that there’s always a wise voice talking to me.  There’s always important information that I need to here.  That voice started a rhythm, churning through me like the ocean.  Six years, it said.

Six years.

Six years.

Six years.

Here.  My children.  The experiences they were having in Maine.  Crabbing, eating lobsters, hiking around.  I thought about how next summer we should take a month off.  A month of adventure.  This has been a dream of mine for years and years.  I fantasize about renting a little cottage somewhere in the English countryside and parking it for a month.  Letting us really sink our feet down for a while.  Be a little more than just travelers passing through.

It’s time.  The waves chanted at me.  It’s time.  It’s time.  It’s time.  It.’s NOW.

NOW.

NOW.

NOW.

I felt hit with an urgency and a clarity.  What was I doing?  My daughter just turned 11, my son is almost 9.  Time IS running out.  I have at best, six years of summer vacations left.  Six short years.  I have so much to show them.  So much of the world they need to see.  So much adventure I want to weave into their bones.  Stories and experiences I want to give them.

Six years.

Six years.

Six years.

It’s clear. Less THERE, more HERE.

Less work, more adventure.

Less should, more did.

This is a short post.  It’s not my best by any means.  But I have kids to play with, crabs to inspect, and hiking to do.  I’m choosing to be HERE today.  How about you?  Where’s a place in your life that could use a little more HERE and a little less THERE?

Susan McCusker is the co-founder of The Circle Up Experience. She and her partner, Beth Killough, offer people the opportunity to interact with horses in order to learn more about themselves, reconnect with the natural elements of leadership, and transform their human herds.

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