There comes a time in our lives when we come to the realization that it’s time for us to share what we’ve learned and experienced with others, and then gradually release ourselves from our attachments. This is part of our journey in life.
Being able to share is quite uplifting. I was fortunate enough to have the chance to do this with a friend of mine who invited me to get a real estate license and move back to Sedona to share a business. The things I have learned in the past were put to good use during this period. The eighteen months I spent operating the home health care business with a friend of mine during my previous stay in Sedona helped set the stage for this period in my life I refer to as “sharing and releasing.”
When we were operating the home health care business, we served clients throughout the whole region and this has offered me a running start in the real estate business. I had come to know the layout of the area and, more importantly, the deep stories and the heartbeat of the land.
At this stage of life, I am mature and wise enough not to become attached to the drama that often accompanies real estate transactions. I can observe, problem-solve, support the process, and keep the final outcome in view as people find or release their sanctuary or albatross. Some real estate transactions have even resulted in adding beautiful, heartfelt friends to my life. What began as a need focused on real estate has turned into deeply shared interactions of joy, trust, and love.
A second quality prominent during this stage in my life is that of release. Release is a dynamic present throughout my life and is especially potent in my seventieth decade. I released each of our five offspring from our home and protection to live their individual lives; I’ve released my father and mother as they passed on; and as Ken and I continually moved during our early adult years, we let go of our stuff, our home, the proximity of friends, and our jobs and daily routines.
I had continued to collect educational degrees, certifications, and professional experiences. But, as time passed, locations changed, and my work in the world changed, I released and let lapse my teaching certificate and my affiliation with national professional organizations—the American Holistic Health Society, the Institute of Noetic Sciences, and the Biofeedback Society of America. I most recently canceled my first professional designation—my certification as a registered nurse. Each time I allowed a certification or license to expire, a certain identity and responsibility I had earlier assumed was lifted. My ties with many people were released, and I was well aware I was letting go of much more than a certificate. Freedom and loss were equally experienced and appreciated, mostly for the new space that opened up.