I’ve said it before that Discovering Franklin is not just about my magical town of Franklin, TN. It’s often about Discovering Me and today, I was reflecting on what was happening 3 years ago. I think it’s because I’ve been cleaning out some drawers, and even though I threw out a lot, I still moved with a bunch of stuff – like mascara that was about 5 years old. I know…don’t hold that against me.
And in my cleaning out, I began reflecting and what hit me is that sometimes you have to take a leap – a leap that takes you into the unknown, a leap that challenges you to find your faith….to trust…to hope…to dream and that is exactly what has happened in my life.
This story began in 2013 and if you haven’t read it before, you can read the whole thing here. There’s two versions of one story. You choose.
At this time three years ago, we had sold our house – my childhood home, and I was really feeling conflicted. I was scared and sad and the man who bought our house wasn’t a very nice guy – I mean really not a nice guy. I couldn’t leave my neighbors with a lousy neighbor, so I called our realtor and said, “Take the house out of escrow. I don’t want him to have it.”
Yes…everyone thought I was crazy – again. My realtor was freaking out, but I wasn’t. Somehow I knew it would be okay, and clearly it was, because I’m here in Franklin. I’ve never really done anything like the escrow thing before, but as I reflect, I realize that the words were coming out of my mouth, but I wasn’t in charge of this move.
Sometimes you have to take a leap.
By now, y’all know that I love it here, but I’m not going to lie. Sometimes I miss the busy and the rushing around and the fancy stuff. I miss my long-time friends and my family. Holidays can be rough.
But then I step outside at night and listen to the sounds of the night…the owls talking to each other across the field…the fireflies doing their mating dance in my garden…the crickets singing in the night and I know that this is where I’m supposed to be right now in my life, and I feel enormous gratitude.
I also know that we can’t wait for Some Day to come along because we don’t know…we can’t know. We have to make our some day happen now and that means sometimes you have to take a leap even if you’re just so scared.
I don’t know what doubts and fears Mr. Dominic had, because I think he was too nervous to share them, but I had a lot! I couldn’t get that crazy voice in my head to stop yelling at me, but I did it anyway. I just did it and somewhere I must have had faith that I wasn’t even aware of.
We leaped away from the hustle and bustle and landed in a place where life is sweeter…slower (although my life is pretty busy) and less noisy. It’s easier to breathe here…it’s peaceful. Stars are everywhere and the moon seems to shine brighter. Maybe I always had country in my soul…I wonder?
That’s my story. So much for cleaning out drawers.
Have you ever just taken a leap? Will you share it with me below?
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