Now What?

After the adventure is over,
and the dream list has been made.
Reality begins to set in.
The house still needs cleaning
bills need to be paid
a daughter needs attention
dogs beg for food and love.
The dream list hovers on its page
calling out my name
but the question remains
how do I begin?
How do I take what I have learned
the memories of who I am
and merge them with the life I live
to make a stronger, happier reality?

After the adventure is over
and the dream list has been made
the journey has just begun again
and now I am afraid.

23 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. bornstoryteller
    Jan 22, 2012 @ 11:17:04

    It’s that one step at a time: prioritize the list, add in LIFE HAPPENS every now and then, and go forward. Fear begets the pain that stops us from fulfilling what we are capable of doing. Don’t let a long list overwhelm you.


    • Lisa Wields Words
      Jan 22, 2012 @ 11:19:25

      Thanks Stuart, I think I’m just having a doubty day after a week battling coughing and all. I have no more specific posts to write about the trip so I’m at loose ends, but I hope I will feel better soon.


  2. Nathan
    Jan 22, 2012 @ 11:23:22


  3. Taochild
    Jan 22, 2012 @ 12:28:14

    Sometimes we just need to shut the mind of and do. Think of getting riding the rapids for the first time. Or maybe jumping off a cliff. If fear had stopped that from happening, what memories would you have? Who would you be today? Just saying 😀


  4. CMSmith
    Jan 22, 2012 @ 13:56:47

    I hope you feel better soon, Lisa.

    Have you read Traveling with Pomegranates? I’m not finished yet, but Sue Monk Kidd went on a trip for a inspiration and came back and wrote The Secret LIfe of Bees.



  5. k8edid
    Jan 22, 2012 @ 15:30:51

    Hope you feel better soon. I have found answers usually come easier to me when I stop looking so desperately for them…Rest, my friend.


    • Lisa Wields Words
      Jan 22, 2012 @ 15:40:54

      Thanks K8e. I think that some people (not really me) had high expectations that trip would be direct link to answers and future employment. I knew it was just the beginning, but I have to remind myself of that.


  6. Kathryn McCullough
    Jan 22, 2012 @ 17:09:11

    Christine has a great suggestion about “Traveling with Pomegranates.” It may not be her best book, but she shares how her travel led to the “Secret Life of Bees,” which is one of my favorite novels.

    Hang in there, my friend. You will figure it out.



  7. Sandi Ormsby
    Jan 22, 2012 @ 23:28:06


    I’m sending you a big hug!


  8. Barbarann Ayars
    Jan 23, 2012 @ 07:37:47

    Your response to your expectations is so normal. We take that ride with hope and determination to come back with a fistful of motivation, of answers, of getting to a goal. Travel returns weariness. Your tank is currently empty and you have a cold. Wait and percolate. What you think you learned is only surface, obvious, snatches. The deep stuff is deep inside Lisa. Get about resting and the mundane on your list. The stuff will surface when it is ready. That will coincide when you are ready. It will unfold. Oh, and watch your email; that gypsy experience I referenced is safe in a repaired computer. I’ll send it today. Tuck yourself in a quiet corner and enjoy the transformation of a village.


  9. Victoria-writes
    Jan 23, 2012 @ 11:51:30

    Don’t be afraid! Believe in yourself!


  10. thebestdigger
    Jan 23, 2012 @ 15:32:30

    Trying most of the day to send you Gypsy Church and I don’t seem to have a working email address. Send yours to me if you will.


  11. Robin Hawke
    Jan 23, 2012 @ 17:56:26

    Nothing like paperwork to fence the right brain in! I’m cheering for the left, Robin


  12. Andra Watkins
    Jan 23, 2012 @ 22:59:55

    Lisa, coming back from a trip always does this to me. I sit in the airport and dread the return, because I am always different. Me, but different. Write all about it. I can’t wait to read it.


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