I have a habit. I’m not sure exactly when it began, but it’s definitely become more frequent these last couple of years.
I leave myself pieces of inspiration tucked away in corners, pockets, books, drawers, you name it, that I will come across at some future date. These scraps of paper—which come in many different forms, sometimes even a cut out from a magazine—usually make me smile, make me think or make me remember. Sometimes they even make me question.
I’ve been on a lucky streak these last few days. My wallet spilled revealing a folded over, faded Post-it note. “I am enough. I have enough. I do enough.” Cleaning my purse uncovered some fortune cookie wisdom. “ 🙂 You are heading in the right direction. :)” (Yes, it really had the two happy faces). And as I turned the page in my daily planner to enter the month of October, a single question graced the pages.
“What is my mission?”
I had forgotten writing that, just as I had forgotten about the slip of paper in my overstuffed wallet (an idea from something I read that suggested writing those three sentences and reading them at least once a day) and the strips of fortune cookie sayings I had saved (a kick I was on for a while).
But I remembered why I wrote that question. Someone asked me that over a year ago. I couldn’t come up with a definitive response so I wrote the question in various spots to remind me to keep thinking about it, to hopefully someday have the answer to it.
I’m no closer today than I was all those months ago to answer what my mission is. But I know I am a lot closer to it, that I am on the path to find it.
I guess I really am “heading in the right direction.”
And that is progress.
These notes and papers are like little gifts when I discover them. They remind me of where I have been and re-inspire me all over again.
Whenever I find a note something else happens too. I pause. I reflect. It centers me for that moment. Then I re-hide the message, knowing it will pop up just when I need the words most.
Life has a funny way of working like that.
Thanks for the week of wisdom.