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The Heart Has Reasons

Have you ever felt compelled to do something, but not known why? You couldn’t understand it, much less explain it.

That’s how I felt about getting Ruby. I’ve never owned or even driven in a camper van, yet I knew I had to have her.

It’s also how I felt last week about contacting Susan—a friend I knew years ago and thought I didn’t like. I describe how our meeting went in Have You Met Your Worst Enemy? 

Susan let me stay in her cabin on Apache Street in Grand Canyon Village. You can see it—and the Canyon itself—in my video Tour of a Local’s Cabin in Grand Canyon Village & Snowy Views of the South Rim.

I’d mentioned to Susan that I want to get into house and pet sitting but don’t know how. On a whim, I asked if she knew anyone going away at Christmas. Guess who said she needs someone to look after her home and cats while she and her family go to Texas? 

So I’ll be spending Christmas taking care of Susan’s cats. She also reconnected me with a mutual friend from Africa—who invited me for Christmas dinner—and offered me a six-week contract job at the charter school she started in Page, Arizona.

That’s what happens when you follow your heart instead of your head. Things you never expected or could even imagine. 

It’s taken me a long time to stop explaining myself and start simply saying, “Because it feels right to me.” I’ve spent years justifying and defending myself; now it just feels right to say, “it just feels right.”

“The heart has reasons that reason cannot know.” – Blaise Pascal.

Tour of a Local’s Cabin in Grand Canyon Village & Snowy Views of the South Rim

In the spirit of adventure,



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