I don’t know what it feels like to wander in this reality as the main character, I can only describe it to you from the perspective of one of the protective mentors who watches over the main character in this story. She took my hand and pulled me into the world with her, however unprepared I was. It’s important to have plans, but so many life changing adventures are the ones that catch you unawares.In the Extraordinary world, time passes differently. You feel and see the love of other people more intensely. You feel like you are outside of yourself sometimes and the troubles “out there” in the Ordinary world seem….well, they seem ordinary, trivial, meaningless in a way that they didn’t seem before. If you haven’t traveled here, it’s hard to explain this reality. An analogy I visualize is swimming underwater. The sounds of the Ordinary world are muted. You feel enveloped by the water and you feel a part of a different, mysterious world. You come up for air and then dive back down into the water again. Fighting the water makes things worse, so you let it hold you and surround you. You learn to move where the current takes you. You let go of the control you think you had in the Ordinary world and you trust in the direction you are going now.
My good friend Justin (who we visited in Portland this summer) reminded me that our mighty heroine was lucky enough to find a 4 leaf clover on his property one day-she just happened upon it. Or, maybe, as Justin so eloquently put it, “the only person I’ve known to find a four leaf clover, found it here. It takes a seeker and one who recognizes what is special when they find it. Far less about luck, than the beauty of the person willing more beauty through her actions into the world with some unexpected surprises along the way.”