"An invisible red thread connects those destined to meet, despite the time, the place, despite the circumstances. The thread can be tightened or tangled, but never be broken." - Chinese Proverb
I had never heard this until this morning when I was sitting down on my patio to write down some of my thoughts from this weekend. I just spent 3 days at a conference facilitated by the beautiful and talented Baeth Davis, and while I'll be sharing quite a few ah-ha moments this week I can say that one of the most wonderful parts of being with 200 hundred other like-minded women is that magic happened during the breaks.
Let me back up, I went to this conference with two goals. The first was to really get clear on my life's work, my purpose and of course how to fully incorporate it into my business and the second, the red string, was to find my people. I have unique ways of thinking - I'm multi-passionate, spiritual, practical, and truly have that entrepreneural spirit that means I love chasing down my new ideas. Most people cannot come to terms with the amount of crazy I have going on in my head some days. They nod and support but they don't go through it themselves. Now I have some great friends so before I start getting texts of disgust from them let me qualify. My friends love and support me, but I wanted to find other women who have a deeply woo-woo side and are still killing it in business. It's a rare breed.
I went alone and knew no one, which suits this introverted only child just fine. I wandered around waiting for the doors to open to claim my spot, the one that gave me the best view. That first morning I would sit next to 2 women that I connected with immediately. We sat at our table talking, not about the weather but about things happening deep inside of us, our dreams and secrets. We connected at a heart level. At lunch I wandered off alone again and sat with two more beautiful women, both wearing purple (doesn't really enhance the story, but it was a great color and I'm going to have to buy me something in it!). Again, we went directly into our hearts and were nodding at everything each other said because we just 'got' it, like the words were ones we were speaking ourselves.
This just kept happening. For three days of breaks and lunches I met new people who were telling versions of what I carried in my head and my heart. It was safe to cry and laugh and to totally be myself. I felt like I had come home, that I had finally met my tribe and they weren't nearly as crazy as I had thought they would be. Those are connections I can't wait to upkeep and nurture, although it would be better if they all just moved here (what? It would be).
So I say thank you to the little red thread for untangling for 3 days, for pulling together a group of women just like me. It's so wonderful to know that I'm not alone. None of us is alone. We all have people and if they aren't right in front of you then I'm going to tell you to follow your heart and find them. Go places you're drawn to. Listen to where your heart wants to sit, act on it when you notice someone and are drawn to them. It fills you up in a great way.