There’s an old saying about life being what happens while we’re busy making plans. That’s not to say there’s anything wrong with planning. In fact, planning and following through is quite important when we seek to achieve goals. However, there are other factors at play, too. Some would say God, some fate or destiny, or our life or soul’s purpose. Or perhaps, some sort of combination of all. Sometimes, as we set our course in one direction, we can be led to new directions and destinations that we never imagined, and are far greater, than our initial plan. So my interpretation of that wise old adage would be that we need to have some flexibility as we chart our course, along with the faith and confidence that if we always strive to sincerely seek and live our purpose, the way will be shown to us.
In thinking about all of this, I decided to design a bracelet using a 14k gold charm of a compass. In past generations, before the age of GPS, the compass was a critical tool for anyone setting out on a journey. When used correctly, it could literally show us the way to our destination. Of course, if navigators were thrown off course for some reason, the compass setting might have to be readjusted to either get us to our original destination or to a new one.
Before I designed the piece, I had a very literal affirmation of all these thoughts. I received an email that I had been accepted into the family nurse practitioner program I had applied for months ago. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. However, as I waited to find out over these past few months, I began to worry maybe I wouldn’t be accepted. I had to tell myself if it’s meant to be, it will happen, and if not, something else will unfold. As you can imagine, being that practical is not always an easy mindset to achieve by any means. However, when I read the acceptance, the significance of the compass took on a very real and personal meaning for me.
Whatever it is you’re pursuing, or whatever journey you’re on, set your compass, unfurl your sails, and most importantly, take that first step, trusting that you will be guided to the beautiful destination you’re meant to arrive at.