I’ve been attending a Wisdom Circle for the past nine months. The group meets monthly and along with great speakers we check-in and share on topics related to weaving spirituality throughout our lives. I invited a friend of mine to join us for this month’s gathering figuring she’d enjoy not only the experience, but meeting the group of people I find to be friendly, engaging and thought provoking.
We drove together to the meeting and on the way she stated, “If you hadn’t picked me up, I probably wouldn’t have gone by myself.” I was surprised and asked if that was the case even if we would meet at the location and she responded yes. She was surprised that I had been willing to attend these meetings without knowing anyone in the group and assumed that I am an extrovert. Actually, I’m a big time introvert but there are certain choices I believe I have to make in my life to nurture my soul.
I explained that I’d rather go and find “my people” and that trumps any discomfort I may experience. Finding your tribe is crucial to having a full and enriched life. It’s important as pilgrims that we find our people because a pilgrimage is a long and arduous journey and without the support of like minded people we often abandon our mission. When facing a life-altering illness joining a support or enrolling in a program that allows you to journey with others facing illness (www.lifeisapilgrimage.com) makes the discomfort of joining something melt away. You become energized and you recommit to your health and well-being.
It brings you face-t0-face with trying to cure and heal your body, mind and spirit. The next time you are presented with an opportunity that will move you forward in your journey, even though it’s difficult, choose the one that surrounds you with community. Any discomfort or misgivings you may have will vanish once you show up and allow others to bear witness to your life.