OK...I know that's not a word or a real place, but I have to admit that lately I've found myself mentally drifting from time to time. There are three specific areas of my life that inhabit my thoughts most. They have impacted the way I think and behave as well as my prayer life. It is as if heart and mind have decided to agree (for once), and they're both waiting on me to catch up.
I had to ask myself a really tough question recently. That question was "Are you fulfilled?". I didn't know where it came from, why it popped in my head, or honestly what it even meant, but there it was, impatiently awaiting a response. If I found that I was feeling unfilled in my purpose, I had to ask myself what I needed to do in order to change that. Well, for starters, I had to at least attempt to identify what I believe my purpose is. What is the one thing I couldn't imagine going a day without doing? Is there anything that I do that brings me the kind of joy I only get from doing that particular thing? You've probably guessed it by now. That something is writing for me. The answer to those questions may surprise you when you apply them to your own life. It could be something totally unrelated to the career path you've chosen or the area of industry you've spent years in school attempting to master. Identifying, and then latching onto that is what pulls you into your purpose.
It has been seven months since I purchased my home. I absolutely love it. Does my mind go there when it wanders? Not exactly. What this has done is ignited my desire to do more traveling. It could be a combination of that and an increasing state of boredom, but whatever the reason, I find myself thinking about journeying to places I love and places I have yet to explore. These don't always have to be places that one has to set aside extra funds for. There are areas of my own city that I can visit and feel like I'm in an entirely new place.
This one can be a little tricky. I learned a very long time ago that there is an incredibly thin line between love and infatuation. I also learned that if your mind dwells on a certain someone, chances are your heart isn't too far behind it. One of the greatest mistakes many of us make is not acknowledging or appreciating this when it happens. That said, during my current residency in Wanderland, my thoughts have been a little less romantic and more about spending quality time with my family and friends. My nephew is growing rapidly and I keep telling myself that I'm going to have to find a way to take more trips home so that I can spend time with him. My friends have busy lives too, but some of my favorite moments are the times when we can get together and talk about anything. Gut-busting laughs are always sure to follow...and let's be honest...those are the absolute best.
So, if you find yourself wondering where your heart is in any of these areas of your life, or others, try to find a way to hone in on that one thing, place, or person your mind drifts to, grab on tight, and never let go. This is where love dwells.