Last weekend, I was lucky enough to travel to Austin, TX to attend the Living Beyond Cancer Retreat. Besides meeting amazing people, I was struck by one of the speakers, Dr. Samuelson. He gave a great talk about being a man with breast cancer, living with a balance of hope and acceptance, but the most important thing he said has resonated with me all week.
“Pack your bags and move out of the Village of Someday”
Read it again- the message is clear. And what I realized is that I am so far out of the Village of Someday! I realized how hard it was for me to accept that I needed to move forward and just make Little Pink Houses of Hope happen. I had a million excuses to keep me from diving into the unknown and not accepting the direction laid out for me. Forget the fact that I did not have a business background, or that I knew nothing about property donation, IRS non-profit filings, accounting, marketing, etc. What I had was HOPE that I would be given everything that I needed to make it happen. The right people, the right knowledge, and the right direction. I remember living a life in the Village of Someday. My life is so much more amazing than I ever imagined now that I have left the village.
But it is not easy to leave. Rest assured, I know the comfort and convenience of the village. And then at church today (we are members at St. Mark’s in Mebane), the preacher had a similar message that hit home and one of the reasons that I started Little Pink Houses of Hope.
“Direction Determines Destination”
And it hit me again- that is what I have tried to do- point my God given talents and energies into a direction that is about helping breast cancer survivors and families. The destination seems like Little Pink Houses of Hope, but really it is about the one on one connections that will happen as a result of LPHOH. The destination for me is about creating a positive journey for others. Bob then asked three important questions to ponder when dealing with the decisions in your life and the direction where you want to go?
1. What is the WISE thing to do?
2. Why are you thinking about doing it?3. If a loved one asked you for advice for the same decision, what advice would you give?
So I guess the big question today is- Where are you? Have you thought about how your direction will determine your destination? If you are in the Village of Someday, maybe it is time to pack your bags!