Ahhh, Spring is in the air, and what a beautiful time it is! The weather has been amazing which puts me in much better spirits. I’m sitting in my living room which is now decorated for Easter with the sun shining brightly through my windows and the front door open letting in the cool, comfortable breeze. I’ve just returned from the gym, showered, said my prayers, pulled some Angel cards, and now I’m ready to write whatever comes to mind. I never know for sure what I’m going to share each month, but something usually pops up at the last moment that seems worthy of passing along. So, this month, I’ve decided to share about a spontaneous trip I took with my kids to kick off their fun Spring break.
In our last Mastering Intuitive Living class (MIL), we were given homework. No, not the dreadful kind; but the fun kind that’s exciting to do. We went over one of the main concepts taught in ID’s course, Setting a New Standard of Living. In this class, we learn about what it means to be an internal or an external person. Internals, like me, are naturally “responsible” and feel “burdened” when we are overwhelmed. We need to consider our wants and needs before our partner’s so that we don’t become self-sacrificing. Externals, like my husband, are naturally “carefree” individuals and become “self-absorbed” when they are overwhelmed. They, on the other hand, need to remember to consider their partner’s needs when making decisions. We typically partner up with the opposite of what we are to bring about balance between the two. The goal in this life is to fully integrate both sides of ourselves in order to find balanced sensuality as a “responsible” and “carefree” person. We are to have external desires in our humanity but also be disciplined in our internal connection to Spirit. This is the way we can manifest our desired results in every area of our lives. Doesn’t that sound like the perfect way to experience life?!
So, our homework was as follows: Internals were to practice being “carefree” and make decisions based on what we desired instead of putting our partner’s wants and needs above our own. Externals were to be “responsible” and consider their partner’s desires as well as their own. This may sound simple, but when you naturally tend to be one way or the other, it can be challenging to consciously shift your way of being. Therefore, my goal for the last couple of weeks has been to be as carefree as possible. As fate would have it, the perfect opportunity presented itself literally the night before we received this assignment. I had been wondering how I was going to spend Spring break with the kids and hoping to think of some fun activities for us to do. Then, I found out that my brother and his family had made a last minute decision to drive to California and go to Disneyland. This sounded like a perfect opportunity for me and the kids to piggyback them on their trip. I knew my husband was extremely busy with work and wouldn’t be able to come with us and I generally feel safer if I’m caravanning with others when taking the kids on long road trips by myself. So, to be able to follow them there was ideal for me. Much to our delight, they were happy to have us join them.
After a quick night of making reservations, buying tickets and packing bags, off we went to the “Happiest place on Earth”! It was such an exhilarating feeling to hit the road with the kids and share such a special experience with them. I certainly felt free and enjoyed the beautiful opportunity that unfolded before us. However, we did hit a few bumps in the road.
First, upon arriving at the hotel, we were told that they didn’t have our reservations in their system. Fortunately, I had the paperwork handy to confirm them. So, not only did we get a nice room, but we also were given extra wristbands for their water playground and pool as well as an extra parking pass so that my brother and his family could come and enjoy time with us at our hotel.
Then, the next day at Disneyland, our ticket vouchers weren’t showing up as valid in their system either. This created about a 45 minute wait while they made some calls. But to compensate us for this delay, they gave us several fast passes for some of the main attractions that saved us at least 3 hours of wait time at the parks. Once we got home, I called the website where we made all of these arrangements to let them know what had occurred. They kindly gave us a $200.00 coupon that we can use for our next trip. Therefore, I was satisfied in the end with how we benefitted from these minor setbacks.
Now, to be honest, I was traveling with 3 children, ages 14, 11 and 7, so we certainly encountered other little discrepancies along the way as well. However, each time we were faced with a dilemma on the trip, I prayed for assistance, remained calm and kept a carefree attitude. All in all, this made for a fulfilling adventure which included lots of exciting rides, great food, swimming and water play and fun time with family! This spur-of-the-moment vacation reminded me of what is possible when I stay connected to my internal guidance and pursue my external desires with confidence and determination. I truly pray that we may all experience the joyful life that can be attained by living a fully integrated life!