What does a box of adventure have in it?
Are there necessary items? Perhaps some glitter to make things sparkle? Or a chunk of chocolate for those times when one needs a little pick-me-up?
Is it a small box or a large one? Hinged? Locked with a small heart-shaped key?
It’s a tempting problem to try to solve. However, perhaps knowing what is in the box is not at all the thing to do? After all the nature of adventure is that one does not know what might happen next. And to stay within that sensibility, Perhaps one can never really know what is in the box.
It’s a thought. Though I admit that part of me still wants to make a list of necessaries. After all there is that whole bit about being prepared for all eventualities.
So what would I put in the box? Love. Something in black, cowgirl boots perhaps. A bit of mad money – a $100 bill one can tuck into a bra.
Then there are those items like… Taking a deep breath while continuing to step forward. That qualifies as courage I suppose. Or maybe bravery. One does need courage on an adventure, Especially if one expects the adventure to be thrilling or scary. And I don't think something can really be called an adventure that is not just a bit scary.
So what else might a scary, thrilling adventure box have in it? The Fool Tarot card where you step off the cliff in absolute trust. Yes, that one. A sense of the unknown seems to walk hand in hand with trust. Which makes me think the Fool card needs to be in there too.
Then there is that whole thing about ‘follow your heart’. That makes me wonder if there is a compass in the box Perhaps not a traditional one pointing north Rather, one that points down the path of adventure And says this way feels like the way to go. One that you use to feel the tug on your heart to know where to turn.
And if I am going to follow paths, Then a ball of red thread is needed. Why? To keep me connected to those who I need to be connected to of course. And you never know when you might need some yarn to tie to a tree And leave unraveled behind you as you explore a possible path. Finding one’s way home is part of any adventure.
There is one more use for the box. A rather important one. To gather up the messages and gifts and lessons of the adventure. When one goes on an adventure, There are always things that happen. And the box needs space for A dried rose from that garden you came across unexpectedly, Or a ticket from a train ride that you didn’t mean to take Or the quick sketch you made of the building where you had lunch that day.
It is these items that turn the box of adventure Into a box of treasures and memories and new stories. And when the box shifts is when you know the adventure has come to a close. However satisfying an adventure has been However joy-filled and laughter-filled There is a touch of sadness that it is over and done. That is when the box of treasures becomes a talisman For the next adventure.
What is in your Box of Adventure?