I think I'm OK now. My friend Karena equates tough times with surfing. Sometimes you just have to do your best to stay on the board. Even though I've never been a surfer, it makes sense to me.
(A brief digression... I used to go to Santa Cruz a lot as a teenager. My favorite part of surfing was when the Surfer Boys would change out of their wet suits in the parking lot. Mmmhmmm.....)
Anyway, I seem to have kept my balance these last few days, and am safely wiggling my toes in the warm sand at the moment. Brief periods of panic are to be expected when making Big Life Changes. That's no reason to back out. Sure, we could change our minds and stay here. All options are open. But the truth is, it's been a wonderful time here in Taos, and now it's time to go. So I'll do my best to keep my fists unclenched and hands wide open. All the better when it comes to giving and receiving. Can't let go when we grip too tight, and can't accept anything new with closed hands either... or closed minds for that matter.
And here's a question for you Bead People. I'm working on some beads with words in them, and I want to know some of your favorite words. Single words, not phrases. And nothing too long. These are beads, not books. Leave your suggestions here in the comments please. I'll start a list of the ones that resonate with me. They don't even have to be in English. The ones here are still on their mandrels, still in progress. One says HOPE, one says NOW, and the red one says MOM, but I'm showing the back because I love the little silver ribbon curls. The words don't photograph well, but they look great in your open hand. And of course I'll try harder with the photos ponce I have the beads finished.
Gracias for your help!