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Back and Forth to Vista [part 3]

[missed part 1 of back and forth to Vista?
missed part 2 of Back and Forth to Vista?]

Throughout the next 11 months and a few weeks, I connected with Joy a couple of times by phone. I placed some orders with her for friends. It was a treat to have the opportunity to hear her voice throughout the year. She has this gift to ground my direction by her careful selection of words delivered with a thoughtful heart.

Yes, it was August again, time for more Tamales, more heirlooms, a couple new discoveries like fresh California figs and organic jams and of course, more Joy. This year I immediately began to seek out Joy’s booth location. They had rearranged the market so I must say that I was concerned that Joy may not be found at the market this year. Why didn’t I call her to let her know I was coming? Why did I think it would be a good idea to surprise her? What was I thinking? Ok, trust…there she was. Her booth was successfully filled with many other customers so I initiated the search for my word. I was ready for the revealing of what this next year would be bringing. All the words seemed to be blurring. They were not speaking to me. I was growing slightly concerned. Why was I experiencing confusion? Was this a message in itself?

All the others cleared from the booth and I said to Joy, “ I don’t know what to choose. Maybe I need to walk away and come back.” She said, “Girl, you have been grateful. You have surrendered. You have trusted. It’s time to be Triumphant!” “YES, I said. YES, I love it. It is time to be Triumphant!” I looked for Triumphant in her display. Joy looked for Triumphant in her display. Oh, I must need to replenish the Triumphant soap.

Wow! The reason the words were not speaking to me is because the word that I was supposed to embrace was not on display. How crazy. As soon as Joy said Triumphant I knew that was the word.

We talked about the development of the women’s retreats. I had moved closer to making my dream come alive but had not yet presented any retreats yet. The material was coming together and my heart was continuing to grow in the direction of helping other women live a more fulfilled life. As I was living this life of greater intention, my life was becoming much more rich and fulfilling. I was learning to let go, surrender, trust and have faith that God has a special plan for me.

I was pleased with my Triumphant attitude. I picked up some additional gifts for others as always. It’s a beautiful thing to share these intentions with others. I love to give the gift that share gratitude, joy, love and so on. To share those gifts with others is a blessing. Just as it was a blessing to walk away from Joy that day empowered with my new Triumphant intention. I was filled with confidence which could be seen in my stride as I stepped out in search of my husband. I could hardly wait to hear about his Vista FM adventure. We grabbed one more cup of coffee and traded stories each of us was anxiously ready to share.

Through the next 11 months I was learning more and more about Triumphant. My vision of a triumphant year was becoming clouded. Within the next few months my dear father was experiencing many complications from his poor circulation in his legs. We were growing in concern. Many actions were taken to improve his health situation. I even called my friend Joy and asked what products she might have (soap, oil, lotion, teas) that might aid with circulation. She immediately answered, “all of the Triumphant products aid in circulation.” Really? I reminded Joy that the intentions word for me this year was Triumphant. I asked her to send me the “triumphant works!” I was determined to provide whatever organic support I could for my Dad’s healing.

When Dad went into the hospital in October from a serious fall, he was triumphant. The Rescue Squad could not find a pulse. They rushed him into surgery. At the very moment that he was in surgery I was in a Bible Study unaware that he had even experienced a fall earlier that day. I thought that it was so odd that one of the women in our study prayed for angel’s to surround my Dad and for God to be with the Doctors. I was confused but did not mention it. When I got home, my Mom called. She said that Dad had fallen and that he just got out of surgery (at the very time the prayer was being said!) and that he was ok. He was triumphant. In the months ahead he would lose both legs. Again, his attitude was focused on healing, on what this new life would look, on progress every day. My Dad is the most patient and triumphant man I know.

One thing that I was beginning to understand about the meaning of triumphant that I had not earlier grasped is that triumphant does mean victory, to conquer, to succeed, however to experience this you must first overcome. I had not given much thought to the fact that you must first overcome challenges or adversity to be victorious. This required a bit of a different mindset for me than I had originally attached to the definition. Actually, I was kind of tired of overcoming but if my Dad could do it with such dignity and humor I could certainly embrace the definition more fully. I actually wanted to ask God, “please, can I choose a different intention for this year?” The word was already mine. The challenges had been set in place. The victories were also being delivered.

My Dad continues to model such courage, gentleness, kindness and love. I am grateful to be an intimate witness of his triumphal life. He gives all he has to others. He has cared for countless many as a physician. He delivered half the babies in our home town. Those babies now are caring for him in his sweet time of need. I am grateful to witness first hand what triumphant really means.

As this year of challenge and triumph concludes, it is 11 months and a few weeks later and we are gladly headed back to Vista for what is next.

As I reflect on the past year I review the challenges but I also reflect on the rich goodness. I am grateful for the opportunity to share several women’s retreats with women who are experiencing altered, more fulfilled lives because their hearts heard a message that they were ready to embrace so that they could begin to flourish on a new level. I am living a life that is filled with greater significance. I am surrounded by friends who lift me up, provide me with perspective (whether I like it or not) and who teach me greater things about life and relationships than I knew existed at the time before I choose surrender.

I can hardly believe that this is the fourth year that I am returning to Joy’s little slice of heaven for me. This year’s word is believe. There is so much for me to embrace about this word. This beautiful word of intention. One thing that I have learned over the years of visiting Joy Blessman is that a simple word brings a fullness to life if you choose to embrace fully all that the intention brings with it.

I am grateful for this little place in Southern California called Vista. I return every year in anticipation of my new perspective forward.

Right this very moment, for the first time I realize that this IS what Vista means; Vista: a comprehensive awareness of a series of remembered, present, or anticipated events, a mental view of an extensive period or series of past or future events.

I am grateful for my friend Joy. I am grateful for all that has transpired and I am grateful for the anticipation of what is next.

August of 2008 Surrender
August of 2009 Trust
August of 2010 Triumphant
August of 2011 Believe
April of 2012 Courage… my word arrive early this year. That is a story in itself.
August of 2013…

As you return to your Vista, what is your WORD OF INTENTION?