There have been many surprises on this, my MooseBoots path. Sometimes, it might be a situation where I have the opportunity to comfort someone unexpected. Sometimes, it might be an unexpected gift. Perhaps, the latest is the most pleasant of all, a simple reminder that while I travel this path I am accompanied by my family, although sometimes they are kicking and screaming.
Wendy, the girls, and I make a lot of the gifts we give. I'll admit that with my work schedule, Wendy and the girls do most of the work. As such, it was no surprise to see the girls working hard to make all of the gifts they would give - Big, Little Sister's knitting needs clicking away, Little Fire Faery learning to use the sewing machine to make a rattle for her new niece, or Precious, drawing and painting. They worked diligently for weeks to have something for everyone on their lists.
Christmas morning, we opened our gifts. You may know, or you may have guessed, we are not particularly religious. In fact, if asked, I would say we are not ... I am not saying that we are not spiritual, just not religious. I opened an envelope from Little Fire Faery. Inside, I found this drawing.
Little Fire Faery had journeyed to retrieve power animals for Wendy and me. Wendy's new guide is a frog. Mine, specifically, is a rattlesnake. We attended a shamanic journeying workshop this summer so that Wendy, Big Little Sister, and Little Fire Faery could learn to journey. I thought it had ended there. This, beautiful act, was a clear indication that I am not alone on my path. I knew they supported my work, but I didn't clearly understand that they are right beside me on the path. It is amazing what kids learn when you don't think they are paying attention.
I know that I am blessed. I, unlike many people, have the full support and encouragement of my family to pursue my true path. How many people do you know that can honestly say that? How many other "MooseBoots journeys" are cut short or take unnecessary detours? My journey, while not defined, is clear. I have heard many times, and it rings true in this regard, that it is my intent that matters and that I need to let go of outcome. For me, an engineer who has been trained to plan everything out and set goals, this can be difficult, but I know that I have the support, love, and company of my family. Thanks, guys.