Saturday, August 30, 2008

Heart and mind

Several years ago I was offered a job in New York City. Just prior to the trip to NYC when I was to give them my decision, I went for a run at Boulder's Teller Farms trail with the satboys gang. It was a glorious autumn day, blue sky, crisp air, and wonderful company. We ran over a series of hills, finally cresting the "water tower hill" when the Continental Divide and a host of hot air balloons filled the view. Much like today.

It was at that moment, that I knew I couldn't leave Boulder for the fast track job and faster NYC life. I've never regretted the decision. Every time I run up a hill and see hot air balloons drifting in front of the mountains, I think of that day and am grateful. Yes, my life would have been filled with great opportunities and adventures. But! My husband wouldn't have gone back for his teaching certification, my sons may not have discovered the college where they have had their own fantastic experiences, and I wouldn't have been able to retire at 54 opening the door for the year's training and subsequent run to Michigan when all the planets aligned to make it such a successful journey. The logical analysis of the job opportunity pointed to saying yes, but my heart and gut said no. Listen to that heart and gut - and revel in the sun, the mountains, and hot air balloons.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hey you...yes, I agree. As I look out our window up here in the loft and the puffy white clouds and the mountains of trees, I don't know that I could have done the decision to move to Oregon any differently either. I've missed you all so much, but have found such a gift for my family, and now my expanded family. Let's not make it so long to the next family reunion (4 more years and I'll have lots of time off too!), and continue to relish the choices that we made...

love you.....cheryl