My true story came to mind as soon as I saw this prompt.
I must have had foresight last October when I agreed to attend the woman’s retreat 3,000 miles away from home. I was newly retired and at 65 I had never been to a retreat. I had just been diagnosed with the life altering diagnosis interstitial cystitis. I was in extreme pain, but I still wanted to go. There was nothing I wasn’t willing to try in order to make it to the retreat. I followed the diet, took the meds, and practiced all the protocols.
I don’t know for sure what compelled me to take the leap and buy the nonrefundable first-class ticket to the event. I knew internally I was supposed to go. I am not a fan of flying, especially alone. I had to try. The host Kim Halsey from Leading With Heart was doing all she could to allow me to attend. She knew about my severely restricted diet and made accommodations for me. She even had a back-up plan if I could not attend physically.
I did not know until the day before leaving if I would even be capable of attending. I went with my intuition which was telling me that I was supposed to be there. I arrived in New Hampshire after being on a plane all night. The fall leaves were amazingly beautiful. The scenery was so calm and peaceful. I knew I was in the right place.
The retreat was an eye opening, life altering, strength giving experience for me. I had learned how to deal with my physical “attacks.” I had only one very painful time that made me miss a little of the retreat. The hostess, the retreat members, and the growth made it a win, win, win for me. I was thrilled that I went.
Had I waited for a retreat this October; I would have been out of luck. I am typically not a risk taker. I internally knew I had to go last year. My foresight served me well.