Uncharted Territory

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” ~Andre Gide


When we stumble upon things that make us think or people who inspire us, we delve into new prospects and in the process find parts of our hidden selves. How much knowledge, emotion, and opinion are held within our hearts and minds in which we aren’t even aware? Sometimes the strangest things trigger a flood within us, and in no time we are on a voyage.

Have you ever set out to do something or go somewhere and are pleasantly rerouted? Perhaps you even attempted to do something for someone else and found it was more for your benefit than theirs. That often happens in the essence of giving time and service.

This stumble or rerouting is much of how I came upon most of my creative venues. It’s also how I’ve found jobs and made many friends.

We inspire others as well. I enjoy making jewelry, but it leaves me with painful, swollen fingers so I rarely do it. Nor do I excel at it. However,  I posted some photos of my creations on my Facebook page. A long-ago friend contacted me with a ton of questions which I answered. Before long, she’d gotten in touch with beading communities, bought supplies, and she was off. She had a talent for jewelry making and launched a thriving business. It’s interesting how we are accidentally thrust into situation that move us forward or change the direction of our lives.

Have you ever been the catalyst to someone else’s success? Have you ever had someone else pave the way on a portion of your journey? Tell us the story of your once uncharted territory.

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” ~Marcel Proust

30 thoughts on “Uncharted Territory

  1. How wonderful, Suzi, that you could be the catalyst for someone’s beading business! I suspect she’s extremely grateful. I love to bead, too (as you know), but I’m mostly self taught. I might never make a nickel from it, but I find it most relaxing and it satisfies (for a while, at least) my need to create!

  2. So true that it can often be a single small thing which can lead us in a totally new direction.
    Or, indeed, a decision which can mean life or death – like ever so many years ago when we cancelled an overseas trip to get married instead. There were no survivors from the crash of the plane we would have been on.

  3. When I first started practicing Reiki and Reflexology, I did it with the intention of getting certified to help others. Yet, I can’t tell you how much I’ve been helped (and use daily) by these two therapies. It seems that the more “I” use them to assist me, the more I can use my growth and understanding with these modalities to help others.

    I’ve come to realize that healing energy works both ways. It works on the client AND the practitioner.

    It’s a shared experience of giving and receiving.

    And btw, YOU have been an inspiration/catalyst for me as well. Through your writing and photography. So thank you, my friend!


    P.S. LOVE that last quote!

    • Awe, you’re so sweet, Ron.
      Yes, the shared experience of giving and receiving is the best. I think it happens much more than we realize because we often focus on one aspect of most situations.

  4. I served for nearly two years at church as a family history missionary, teaching others how to find and gather the right information and i didn’t think i had done anything to change anyone else’s thinking, until after my service was over and then my long time friend said to me recently – you got me started and now i can’t stop, it’s amazing! So i guess the answer is yes, i think i may have done.

  5. We never really know how our actions will affect others, do we? And it’s always such a wonderful feeling to know we positively impacted someone else’s future. xo

  6. I love the story of how you helped your friend and she ended up creating a business. I can’t think of an instance where this has happened to me, but I’d like to think I have influenced someone.

  7. Being a relatively new teacher, I have not yet had the enjoyment of seeing a former student practice in the field. I will certainly cheer them when it happens.

  8. A twist here and a smile there, something said in passing, a moment of grace, we just never know. And it’s often through “small things” that great things, memorable inspiration, lasting impressions are made. We just keep doing what we do, speaking our truth and doing our best and every once in a while, we hear back that we’ve made a difference. That makes it all worthwhile. I so agree.

  9. Well, I do know that through my blog I’ve helped other diabetic treat their disease better – it’s confusing if you don’t know how to handle it – and it’s doing damage while you are figuring it out – that makes me happy!

  10. Back in college, I taught my english major friend Jess how to sew. She went on to a side gig of sewing costumes for off-Broadway plays while working days for the ACLU. She has since published several books, works at the Costume Institute at the Met & lectures at Parsons. And she is a far better sewer than myself.

  11. I love that Proust quote, Susan. It is interesting how when we write and publish our pieces we never know what kind of impact it may make. I love that she reached out and asked you questions and it provided the impetus for her creative energy.

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