I awoke at 5:45 AM this morning to the sound of the Chestatee River ambling past my trailer. I fell asleep early last night due to my first hike of any consequence. The moderate, 3.2 mile trail at Lake Zwerner showed me how far I have to go to get in shape. I wore a small pack with about 10 pounds in it, nothing compared to the 35+ pounds I will carry on the Appalachian Trail and while I'm in the best shape of my adult life, I definitely felt it.
So, I was well rested. I got up and organized my space for a couple of hours. I typically don't worry too much about money. It comes when it needs to in various forms. But it was weighing heavier than usual this morning. New York really drained what little money I had saved and I really don't know how I'm going to make it financially on this new path.
I feel like I get these Universal reassurances when I need them and sometimes they actually come in the form of notes from the Universe. If you haven't heard about this, it's a free email that shows up in your inbox 5 days a week from Mike Dooley. Mike is a fantastic teacher and one of the humans on the planet that I really admire. I sent Mike a copy of my book when it came out as a thank you for the years of inspiration in the form of his notes. In return he sent me back a huge box of everything he'd ever published, signed lovingly by Mike.
So, some days the notes are pretty generic and some days I don't read them at all, but sometimes, usually in times of transition, it seems as if they are written just for me. This morning on the heels of announcing my intention to walk the AT and with my concerns about money, I looked at my note and received this:
Have you noticed, Brent, how moving toward a great dream summons from life's jungles the fiercest lions, the scariest tigers, and the grizzliest bears... who eventually turn out to be the noblest teachers, the bravest guides, and the dearest friends?
You're on your way,
I felt the beauty of those words, quietly said Thank You, and decided to sit and meditate. I did my best to stay present, but I still had money on my mind and got up after a short while. I checked my phone to find a notification from Paypal.
While I was sitting I had received a significant donation. I couldn't believe it. I hadn't asked anyone for anything or let anyone know that I was having financial concerns, but there it was. I was overwhelmed with gratitude. The money helps a lot, but what really moved me to the core is the reminder that I'm never alone. I'm connected to a power much greater than myself. Thank you, Susan for the kind gift and the powerful reminder.