The last few weeks have been really, really busy…but through it all, my life just keeps getting better and better! Without realizing what was going on, when I stopped to reflect on my events of recent weeks, I uncovered one of life’s most rewarding and explicit discoveries to a life fulfilled…perfect balance. If you are like me, you seek balance in your life…I discovered, if you pursue your passions, perfect balance will be accomplished.
I attended a weekend session to strengthen my business acumen, spent a weekend camping, took a day of hike in the woods, and enjoyed a day at a history museum. Each event was experienced with a totally different group of people. As I was basking in the pleasurable experiences and the interesting people whose company I shared, I thought WOW! Life is great…what can I do to continue to feel so fulfilled…um…that’s when I make the following discovery…perfect balance leads to a life fulfilled!
1. The weekend SuccessQuest Boot Camp and the people with whom I spent time to hone my business skills, provided mental stimulation, development of solid action steps, and plans for my next moves, resulted in an immediate implementation process for me. There were also others with whom I connected, and formed viable business relationships.
2. The hikes at Raven Cliff and Dukes Creek Falls, and pioneer camping at the Roosevelt State Park experiences were both inter-generational, family friendly events. They allowed me to get my exercise in a fun and enjoyable environment, take in the great outdoors while engaging in great socialization activities that transcended all generation and gender gaps…grandparents, parents and grandchildren, men, women, boys and girls. There were father – son(s), mother – daughter(s), mother – son(s), professionals, unemployed, students, friends and relatives. These events allowed be to commune with nature, enjoy the tantalizing, yet soothing sounds of nature as I chose to be silent, or in meditation. These events easily accommodated light conversation, as well as conversations that led to a sense of freedom, self-discovery, stress relief, for me and those with home I conversed, and ultimately resulted in a true sense of unrestrained happiness, peace and harmony. These were real Wonderful Outings in the Wilderness (WOW!) events.
3. The visit to the Atlanta History Museum fulfilled a need for cultural events. I learned a lot about the foundation on which the Atlanta culture was built. There were displays, artifacts, tours, short films and live performances that depicted real historical figures. I was with a friend with whom I was able to share my insights and relative connections of the past, to the present. We ended our time together with a healthy, ethnic meal and stimulating conversation…what a great day!
In the past few weeks, God has shown me that in my quest for a life fulfilled, I just needed to be quite, reflect and realize that I had attained the balance of which I was seeking. Balance that allows me to share my God given talents with others, as they share theirs with me, and to realize that there is always room for improvement when you have an open mind, and willing to be a student, as well as the teacher, when appropriate; to include family and friends and time in nature to better appreciate and marvel in His creations which brings a renewed peace, love and harmony; and to delve deeper to gain a deeper understanding of those things around me, not to judge, but embrace the differences and learn and grow from them. With balance in these three (3) areas MIND – BODY – SPIRIT…they are truly all encompassing in many different ways, and are guaranteed to result in perfect balance for a life fulfilled!
I say to you…seek perfect balance in your life…pursue peace, joy and harmony…happiness, unconditional love, and optimal health. Awaken to new discoveries about your natural talents, your passions, your curiosities. When was the last time you tried something new, as I did when I went on my first ever hike in the woods at age 56 and discovered I absolutely love being in the outdoors basking in God’s wonders. Now I help others discover the great outdoors by doing what I love…leading them on regular hikes, camping trips, and other outdoor activities while having fun and staying healthy. Now it is to the tune of exposing thousands, regularly just through my online Atlanta African American Adventurers, OPALs meetup groups, online newsletters and this blog. I no longer have to look for people with whom to invest my time, rather than just spending time with those who would pull me out of balance, they find me. This way everyone benefits and gets a good return on their investment!
I am looking forward to my upcoming ‘Seasoned and Savoring in the Spices of Life’ fall tour. I will engage, excite and encourage, men and women age 50 and older to find the perfect balance in their life, and how they too can have a sensational, yet simple life on a limited budget. East region cities to include; Atlanta, Raleigh, Charlotte and Washington D.C.; West coast cities to include; Los Angeles, Riverside, Las Vegas and Denver. To include your city to the tour contact Jahi at BAPS – 301.842.7452, or Carolyn at 678.231.4973. For Carolyn’s bio and more information on her program, go to Speaker Match.