I remember my first time being up on a high ropes course in the Appalachian Mountains one summer in college. In once section of the course, there were ropes hanging down from a guide wire that you could use to steady yourself as you walked along a tightrope type thing. The thing about it was that the ropes were not long enough for you to hold on to one and grab for the next–you had to let go and step out in faith in order to grab the next one. I remember staring at the first one thinking it was impossible. With the encouragement of friends I took that step and was able to grab the first rope which gave me encouragement to then try for the second rope with less hesitancy. When I got to the third rope, I let go of the second rope with confidence but was not able to grasp the third rope and as a result I fell off the tightrope (but not to the ground due all the safety harness and such). It took me a couple of minutes to regain my composure, but when I did, I got back on the tightrope and kept going grabbing on to the fourth and then fifth ropes, and before I knew it I was on the next platform ready to face the next adventure on the ropes course.
Sometimes you need to let go of what you currently have in order to figure out what is out there waiting for you, or at least that has been true in the journey that God has had me on. It has happened more than once that I have had to say goodbye to people/places/adventures before the next ones revealed themselves to me. The experiences that came next in life I never would have imagined for myself living within the confines of where I had been, and like the ropes course, I never would have been able to accept if I had been holding on to what had been.
Tomorrow is the last friday that I will report to my current job at a place I have worked for almost 4 years. It has been a long four years full of much change and lots of new people–where I work today is a very different place from where I began those years ago. I have gotten to meet and work with some amazing people and witness how people’s lives have been changed by the work of community volunteers and for that I am eternally grateful. Where am I going, I am not quite sure, yet, but I know it’s time to let go of this adventure. I am definitely working on what’s next, but the destination has not yet revealed itself. I am keeping my mind and my heart open to the possibilities that may be waiting just around the corner. And if by chance, you have an idea of what that might be or you are in need of a rockstar social media geek, volunteer management guru, back of the back triathlete in recovery, college student mentor, nonprofit director, instagramming world traveler, or any combination of the above, do drop me a line to let me know!