The other day, I was going into my local “Trader Joe’s” store and stopped to take a picture (copied above) that was taped in the window because it caught my attention.
“Fearless Flyer” is the name of their free store circular that contains various recipes and information. While I like both Trader Joe’s and their free store flyer, it was the words themselves – “fearless flyer” that really grabbed my attention.
That’s the way I want to live my life – as a “fearless flyer”, but, it isn’t always so easy. It takes a bit of time, preparation and awareness to really get the most of flying through your life without fear getting the best of you.
I think one of the problems with better navigating my life has been the idea that I didn’t have a good sense of direction. I mean, I most often didn’t know where the direction North, South, East or West was. My husband always seems to have a good sense of where he’s located — south is this way, he may need to make a turn east of that, etc. But, in the past, that hasn’t computed for me. If he told me something like “you turn north and then you’ll be going east…” it was blah blah blah. I’ve needed to have physical land marks and to turn right here, then two lefts over there, etc.
So, I decided if I’m going to be a better “fearless flyer”, it would be a good idea to make an effort to be aware of my current placement at any particular time, the direction that I’m in, or facing, or planning to visit. One thing I’ve done that’s been helpful is, I downloaded a free app compass onto my phone and have been more mindful of my current directional location. I do know where the heck I’m at!
What I’ve found is that it’s not a big deal at all — I was just locked into my old story that I didn’t have a good sense of direction. What I know now is that’s simply not the truth. It’s just one more adjustment I can make to become a better flyer in my life.
When we are ready to let go of stuff that doesn’t work anymore, we make space for allowing a new way of experiencing something–there’s much more room to fly around in, exploring, testing our wings. So, we may make a few mistakes along the way–we may have to make some flight adjustments and U-turns maybe. That’s OK.
With attention and practice, you naturally become a more fearless flyer, trusting your own inner compass and going in the best direction for You!