This week I’m happy to introduce you to Erica Henault as my guest blogger while Thom and I are traveling. I started following Erica’s blog Behind The Scenery about a year ago and quickly discovered how seamlessly she fits into the SMART Living lifestyle. With a strong intention to grow, evolve, create and be thankful, Erica manages to help us all do the same. Thank you, Erica, for filling in for me and sharing some of your ideas about how every one of our choices can have a profound influence on the quality of our lives. Let’s never take any of that for granted!
I think many of us have reflected on the “sliding door” moments in our life. The what ifs? What might have been? How would my life be different now? I know I have.
It may be a split decision to take a different route home or leave ten minutes later from work, avoiding an accident.
It may be where we decide to live, our career choice, who we choose to marry. One decision can change the course of our life forever.
I am also very aware of the butterfly effect, the ripple effect, caused by that one decision. The family I now have and the friends I have made along the way.
A pivotal “sliding door” moment for me was when I met a very friendly girl in a cafeteria at school. We had two weeks left until the end of the Spring semester and we were discussing our Summer plans.
She was heading back to her hometown, Whitehorse and I was going to Yellowknife to work for the Summer. She told me about the beautiful Yukon Territory and the jobs that were available there. I reviewed the student job search bulletin board and two weeks later I was on an airplane heading to Whitehorse instead of Yellowknife.
My Summer job actually turned into four years of living in the beautiful Yukon. This is where I met my husband and the rest is history.
Was I destined to meet my husband at a different time and place or possibly through different circumstances?
We found out that our paths may have crossed in a prior year. My family and I used to camp at a lake in the Interior of British Columbia when I was a young girl. At that time my husband lived on this same lake immediately across from our campground.
I have heard many stories like this. One couple I know spent the first few days of their lives in the same hospital nursery. They were actually born on the same day. They met years later and married. Other friends found out they had attended the same basketball game years before they actually met.
A random event? Fate? Serendipity?
There is also evidence of Parallel Universes in modern science. Something about electrons spinning in different directions at the same time. Quantum physics. The theory is there is a parallel you inhabiting a world that is no less real than ours, yet can accommodate different outcomes.
Is there a copy of me existing right now in an alternate reality, a separate Parallel Universe? This concept is far too in depth and complicated for my brain, although intriguing.
I do not know whether our lives unfold by chance or whether we are on a preordained path. Do we have certain people in our lives for a reason? Are there lessons we are required to learn on this route?
I have reflected on the “sliding door” moments in my life, especially the summer I moved to the Yukon. I will never know how my life would have turned out differently if I had taken that airplane to Yellowknife instead of Whitehorse.
My gut on this one? I am grateful I went through that one door leading me to this rewarding life.
I cannot imagine my life without my husband, my daughters, my family, my friends.
I was destined to be right here, right now.
About: Erica Henault was married November 1978, in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada. Twenty-seven years ago she and her husband moved to Vancouver Island in British Columbia and have lived there ever since. Erica started her blog Behind The Scenery in early 2018, but writing has been part of her life for many, many years. She is also a passionate photographer and believes there is always a story behind the photo. A common thread in all her writing is continual learning, evolving, recreating and gratitude. And in true SMART Living fashion, she says, “I pay attention and always look for the lessons.”