"I was, in fact, homesick for wildness, and when I found it I knew how intimately - how resonantly - I belonged there. We are charged with this - all of us. For the human spirit has a primal allegiance to wildness, to really live, to snatch the fruit and suck it, to spill the juice." - Jay Griffiths, Wild: an Elemental Journey

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Pulling Cosmic Threads

I'm into following threads lately.  Like a cosmic sweater, when an end comes unraveled from my life, when a tiny, tempting thread presents itself to me and says, "Pull," I do.  I pull and pull and follow the thread from one person to the next and from one place to the next, and it leads me on a wild and beautiful journey.

For example, when my friend Kaeti from my grad school (Tai Sophia) back east heard that I was in the Santa Cruz area of California, she gave me the contact info for her friend, Leslie, who lives here.  I called Leslie, who invited me to spend Thanksgiving with her friends (as you read about in this post).

While at Thanksgiving with Leslie's friends, I met Dylan, who gave me the number of his friend, Don.  Don is currently moving his home, business, and farm, and needs some workers to help.  I've been working for Don for the past few days, earning some temporary money while I find a more permanent work situation.  Perfect.

Don's pitbulls in the Uhaul.  Well, their butts at least.
At the same Thanksgiving dinner, I met Rhonda, who invited me to come stay with her for a week in her beautiful mountain cabin.  Which I did.  This is where I am right now.

Rhonda's mountain paradise (there's a hot tub in the back)

Rhonda's chickens
On the drive between Rhonda's place and Don's place is a funky coffeeshop called "The Ugly Mug."  I stopped in there yesterday for some coffee and writing because I had time to kill before I could go to Don's.  Exhausted from handing out 25 resumes over the past two days, I didn't even bring my stack in this time.  Almost as an afterthought, as I paid for my coffee I asked, "You're not hiring, are you?"

"Actually we are.  I'll get you an application."

I almost fell over.  That was the first answer of its kind I've received so far!  And now I have an interview here tomorrow.

And I haven't even mentioned all the threads I followed to make it to California (where I never planned to end up) from New Mexico (where I thought I'd end up), or the threads I followed to even begin this road trip (which I thought would be with my husband who ended up leaving me left right before I started) and so much more.

Have you ever pulled a cosmic thread and found yourself somewhere you never thought you'd be?  Discuss.


  1. Hi, I love this! Just stopping by, (I'm still dragging from Susie's party yesterday). I think you make such a good point here, we are presented with threads and it's up to us to pull them. We can give a polite tug and hello, or we can forget our fears and follow it all the way through. This actually relates to an event I'm going to alone later on tonight, and you just made me feel so much better about it. Thanks for reminding me. Great blog, glad I found it.

  2. Hi Marry Me Knot! Glad we found each other's blogs. Care to show the love and join mine as well?? :)

    How did the alone event go? This video is my favorite commentary on alone-ness EVER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7X7sZzSXYs

  3. Pulling on a pit bulls tail will get you bitten. Looks like they are packed in tight enough to make it a safe activity. Good thinking!
    Anyway, wish I knew you were in New Mexico cause my mom could use a little company. She's got an apartment that has an extra room.
    Good to hear you are making it well. Keep the love...