Love the Life you Lead. Summer 2014. Day TWO: Ann Betz

Card 21
Card #21 Traveling Alone

I wander
led by instinct
not agendas
I sleep late

you must
they tell me
go to Venice
and I think
must I?

perhaps I will

or perhaps I will
watch the rain
and bright umbrellas

breathe smoke
and faint perfume

relish voices
pouring over me
in a babble of
and joy

perhaps I will
slowly sip a
Italian coffee
at the ancient stones
around me

perhaps I will ask
a woman
with grey hair
and red lipstick
to take my picture

and perhaps
she will
setting down
her wine
to capture
my blurry
but contented

~Ann Betz, 2014

Meaning: This card appears to say you may be longing to resist the expectations the world has for you, and instead listen instead to your own heart. No one knows what will make you happy except you. The pull of “should” and “musts” is strong, but they don’t lead the way to inner peace. Trust your inner knowing, and do only what you truly want to do.

Learnings: The courage to question and look deep within for the source of your contentment and peace.

About melindarabrams

Melinda Abrams, CPCC, MSA is a champion of the shared experience. She consistently moves individuals and groups to deeper levels of connection and support, and models ‘being moved’ by what is present in the space. She believes that in this creative combustion, capacity expands ….simply, naturally, magnificently. In addition to coaching corporate executives, Melinda takes great pleasure collecting and sharing messages about Loving the Life you Lead on facebook and her blog Moving Leaders. She loves coaching, delivering experiential programs at outdoor education centers, teaching teleclasses, holding weekend retreats, and guiding leaders to MOVE. Melinda brings over 20 years of teaching and leadership development to Moving Leaders. Her work spans experiences with youth, corporate clients, and both business and medical graduate students at Duke, University of North Carolina, North Carolina State and Wake Forest Universities. Her commitment is to serve emerging leaders as they move towards shared enthusiastic leadership. And YES! Melinda is also an artist. She creates unique handpainted scarves. In my art, my coaching, and my spiritual practice I consistently return to wonder and awe. As I turn to wonder and create from there I experience a profound connection with source. This movement brings me to this latest series of scarves. I love the idea of wrapping oneself in an idea–an intention– a possibility, and creating beauty with that intention. My hope is that when one chooses this scarf to wear, they turn from disconnected bland to soulful brilliant. Of course when the scarf is open and hung you can read the message, yet when it is draped and worn, the message is simply seen as a design. My promise is that the wearer is reminded to turn towards the message and that the message is shared through the wearers actions and interactions with others. Melinda Abrams Melinda loves living in Chapel Hill, NC with her husband and three children.
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