My hubby and I were out for dinner with friends tonight (Monday), at a pub-style restaurant that was all gorgeous wood, stone fireplace, and loads of windows that faced the sea. Part-way through our meal, someone spotted a shiny black dorsal fin in the water, and then another, and we all abandoned our food to stand at the windows and watch the orcas (who were likely tracking down their own dinner — we also saw sea lions that, to the orcas, probably looked like a pretty good entrée). And now as I write this, I’m reminded of another time I saw orcas during March Madness…
Driving home from doing my errands a few days ago, I was stopped by a flagperson where they’re working on the road. And so of course, while I waited, I turned my attention from the road to the ocean beside it, and THERE WAS A POD OF ORCAS OUT THERE!! I pulled out of the traffic line, got out, and watched the whales go by. There were four or five of them — sleek black bodies shining in the sun when they surfaced, dorsal fins appearing, disappearing, appearing again.
I know the Orcas hang around here from time to time, or pass through when following their dinner along Discovery Passage, and with how often I’m at the beach you’d think I would’ve seen them before. Nope. I always missed ‘em. The thing is, there’s just no way to know when exactly they’ll make an appearance. Sure, like now when the herring are running, you know the odds are good they’ll be there, looking for an easy meal. But will they surface where you are, right when you’re looking? Maybe not this time, or next time. But I figure if you spend enough time by the ocean, eventually you get to see them. And it’s awesome!
So, what does my Orca sighting have to do with March Madness? Just this: show up, and keep showing up – do the work, get the words down – because you never know when the magic will happen. But it will.
My plan is to keep showing up. I admit it’s been a bit of a rocky March Madness journey for me this year: I’ve done some battle with discouragement and self-doubt, and I’ve spent some time wandering in the between-projects wilderness. But I remember the magic — those times when you lose yourself in story, or the words flow, or a truth emerges from the struggle in a grand epiphany, or you simply have a blast. I remember that kind of magic, and I’m going to keep showing up and doing the work because I believe that magic will happen again.
How about you? Are you managing to “show up” and work toward your goals? How’s it going today? Whether you’re zooming along at an insane pace or just picking yourself up, dusting off, and starting again, KEEP GOING. Keep showing up. When we get to the end of the month, you’re going to be SO GLAD you kept moving forward toward those goals. You know we’re cheering for you!
(I love that minion who is positively vibrating with enthusiasm!)
Okay, my Madnificents, you know what time it is…
It’s desk dance party time!
Now go forth and chase down those goals! :D Here’s to finding magic in the midst of Madness….
Check in tomorrow at Shana’s blog. (Please note, I’ll be sleeping post-nightshift most the day, and back to work in the evening, so I won’t be around the blog much to reply. But I promise to catch up!)