I wished for a cave

A few months ago, I thought about those guided relaxations where some lovely voice tells you to imagine a beach or a meadow.

That didn’t sound very appealing to me. I’d rather be, oh I don’t know, somewhere dark and quiet. Like a cave.

Once that thought crossed my mind, I was hooked. At any given moment on any given day, I thought about my dream cave – cool, still, and very much alone.

Fast forward to March 2020, and I realized that I’d gotten exactly what I asked for. Was it what I was hoping for? Not exactly. I wasn’t thrilled about all of the fear and uncertainty in the air. But after a few days, I started thinking that maybe, just maybe, I wasn’t the only one wishing to rest, to soften, quieten, and slow down. And maybe, all of us who were secretly hoping for our own little caves kind of… got what we needed. Isn’t it the classic “be careful what you wish for” scenario?

Of course, we don’t wish for a pandemic, toilet paper apocalypse, or economic failure (at least I know I don’t). It’s just that I’ve found that the universe tends to give me what I need, when I need it – whether I like it or not. So, if you’re experiencing frustration, loneliness, or doubt during this time, ask yourself – in some crazy way, is this what I need?

Steve Jobs said, “​You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future

Take a breath. Practice your patience. The dots will connect one day, we just have to wait it out.

Emily

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