Not so long ago, I faced a several hour delay heading home from a week long business trip. In an attempt to burn some time during my layover in Utah, I wandered the airport concourse and spotted a store that looked unique to the region. It piqued my interest. I had always been attracted to the desert culture.
Once inside, I was drawn to a simply designed yet visually interesting turquoise ring. It seemed to call to me from the showcase. I asked the saleswoman if I could see it. I tried the ring on (it fit perfectly), put it back, and walked away (like I so often do) only to return to the store (yep … couldn’t stop thinking about it) after consuming my lunch. My purchase was on a whim (of course) because the gem was pretty but I felt like there was something deeper drawing me to the turquoise that day.
Once on the plane (finally!), I was seated next to a couple of beautiful, creative souls. An older sister and her younger sister were coloring away in the book, Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book.
I immediately recognized it because I had just watched an NBC Nightly News feature on women who are organizing groups to color together – freely – called Thinking Outside of the Crayon Box, Adults Use Coloring Books as Stress-Reducer.
These sisters and I ended up in a conversation about our creative aspirations; me longing to live the life of a full-time author, the youngest sister wanting to become an artist, her older sister determined to help her become one.
What struck me most though is the two sisters said that (even before we started chatting) they couldn’t stop admiring my newly purchased turquoise ring. I couldn't help but wonder if the gem's power ... magic ... earthly pull was working (already?) attracting other creative beings and bringing the right people into my space to inspire me to generate words (like this blog post!). Was the magic ring fueling my creative ambitions in lieu of my crazy delayed day?
After settling into the flight, I looked up the gemstone to discover that turquoise has been used to protect riders from falling from their horses (I ride horses!) and turquoise is a good choice for writers (I’m a writer!). According to the SoulKu.com article, Out of the Blue: The Amazing Powers of Turquoise, "... its energies of clear communication can help the wearer overcome writer’s block." Score!
Not to mention, turquoise is the birthstone of someone close who inspired me to follow my dream of writing In The Reins. Like wannabe cowgirl Devon Brooke often asks in the book … could this be fate?
This small moment helped me realize that no matter the circumstance somehow I always end up on the right path even when life isn’t exactly going my way (a.k.a I just spent 5 hours in an airport trying to get home).
For me, the moral of this story is that an out-of-the-way journey (or merely saying yes to one thing when I’d rather be doing something else) might just be an opportunity for creativity to relay a message. This day, I chose to go with the flow (rather than resist my delay). My creative reward was discovering turquoise, cool people on an airplane, and some solid, much needed hours to focus on my writing during an unexpected, roundabout journey home.
Have you ever had a day like this? A day that taught you a little life lesson? If so, I'd love to hear about your adventure! There's plenty of room for sharing in the comments ;)
Please check back next week for more! In upcoming posts, I’ll be highlighting spur jingling cowgirl topics as well as In The Reins sequel sneak peeks, updates, and release info!
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