I was up at 7:30 so I had time to wash the sheets and put them back on the bed for my pet sitter and do a last bit of house cleaning. Everything got done and I was ready to leave on time. Now I’m sitting in the plane waiting to take off for the first leg of my journey – to Thunder Bay.
There are so many things to be grateful for – my heart is filled with gratitude!
- Two of my neighbors (Bonney and Claudette) offered to help me take my bags down to the car (there’s no elevator in our building); and were there at 10:30, right on time! What an important service they provided. I didn’t even know how helpful it would be to have us all take them down in one trip instead of 3-4 it would have taken me. I’m grateful they knew to offer!
- I was ready early enough to be able to make a last visit to T-Zone Vibration, where I did some stretching exercises on their whole body vibration machine; and then get a whole body massage in their new massage chair! I left with all the tension from rushing around and last minute challenges fully discharged.
- I picked up my duffle bag filled with frozen food, which M&M Meat’s had lovingly packed for me. There was a little room to tuck in some treats from my own freezer.
- I had some leftovers in the fridge which served as meals on the plane, without any forethought or planning. I love when things work out effortlessly!
- One of the Bahá’ís in our community (Allison) offered to take me to the airport and store my car, which saved me a lot of money. I’d planned to take the shuttle and pay for parking, which would have been expensive. Again, I didn’t know to ask for this service, and it was presented to me easily! It was great to have someone to share the adventure with for a few hours; and to have help unloading the car when I got to the airport.
- A Bahá’í friend of mine (Lynn) had been inspired to buy me a neoprene face mask at Canadian Tire, not knowing that the mask I ordered hadn’t been shipped! She brought it out to the airport and waited in line with me while I paid for my excess baggage and got my boarding pass. We had time for a few pictures before I had to go through security, and had fun worrying about being mistaken for a terrorist in my new mask!
- I was charged for excess baggage; but they didn’t weigh it, so it was only half of what I’d budgeted for!
- Going through security and boarding was easy
I didn’t have a place to stay in Thunder Bay and although I’d researched hotels close to the airport and prices, I didn’t feel inspired to book a room. The day before I left, I had a call from a Bahá’í I don’t know in Baker Lake (Peter), asking if I had a place to stay overnight. When he found out I didn’t, he called a Bahá’í friend of his (Carolyn) who agreed to pick me up at the airport at 7:30 pm.
Because my layover was more than 4 hours, I had to claim my baggage and keep it with me, so we loaded it into her car. She was on her way to a meeting of the Local Spiritual Assembly, so I went with her. After they’d finished their consultation, they asked me to do a deepening on Homosexuality, which I had with me on my laptop!
It was the night of the Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá so the friends were gathering for the Holy Day celebration at 11:00 pm. One of the LSA members was trying to put together a program at the last minute and wanted ideas. Again I had a complete program (with videos and music) on my laptop (and on my website); so I had the honor of using it in their community! Click here to see it
The night before I left, it was the Festival of the Covenant (where Bahá’ís celebrate the appointment of `Abdu’l-Bahá as the Centre of Baha’u’llah’s Covenant) and I was flying on the day of His Ascension. I was acutely aware of the incredible blessing of having these two events at the start of my travel-teaching trip!
I couldn’t help but remember that at the end of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s visit to North America, he said:
O that I could travel, even though on foot and in the utmost poverty, to these regions, and, raising the call of “Ya Baha’u’l-Abha” in cities, villages, mountains, deserts and oceans, promote the divine teachings! This, alas, I cannot do. How intensely I deplore it! Please God, ye may achieve it. (Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of the Divine Plan, p. 41-42)
Please God, accept this feeble effort as my response!