Refuse the Call to Adventure ~ The Quest of Living ~ Post 7

Your phone rings. The caller ID shows “ADVENTURE.”

You don’t have to pick up. It’s a “Call” not a “Demand.”

Adventure won’t leave a voice message. No number is listed to call back.


A journey is stalled while the questions “Who am I?” and “Why am I here?” remain rhetorical.

You are thinking about life, not living life.

We feel we have all the time in the world.

We don’t.

If insights came from staying in the Ordinary World, you wouldn’t still have the questions.

When “Who am I?” devours your day and “Why am I here?” haunts your dreams …

For the sake of our existence we must seek the answer.

If you previously didn’t answer the Call To Adventure, don’t worry, the call will come again.

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NOTE: Answering the Call to Adventure is less enigmatic when your Ordinary World is full of pain pushing you forward. What is tough, is to choosing to leave an Ordinary World where we are comfortable.

Ann is an author and artist. She's lived and worked in Korea, England and Germany as a counselor, college instructor and director of a family support center. Her master’s degree from Boston University encompassed studies at the University of Cambridge. Ann’s Flash History Biography series has reached international shores and covers: Eleanor Roosevelt ~ Unleashed, Golda Meir ~ True Grit, and Marie Curie ~ A Nobel Life. Ann lives in northern California enjoying her life with her adult children. She is currently working on her next book "Making Life Meaningful".

3 Comments

  1. ally

    Answering the call, I’m there. Praying, putting out the call to prayer partners. Just don’t know where to go with my work life. I don’t feel called in my quiet time. I know its time for a change and I tried several things, I’m back to where I was. Sometimes I hear stay put, be still. So I do some of both. This week I’m being still.

  2. Ann Atkins

    Good Morning Ally, Those ‘in between’ times – when there is the itch to move on but you are wise enough to know, the time or direction isn’t here yet. For myself, I remind myself that no segment of my life is a waste of time – so this time, although it is uncomfortable, is meant for my inner growth, which is easy to avoid. It becomes a time of deeper reflection and awareness to see the masks and old comfort zones I still hang on to … those inner bridges … I must cross.

  3. Matt

    A professor of mine once told me that you “have to walk through doors to see what’s on the other side. You must do this or all of the doors will appear locked.”

    Can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard you say, “that’s bullshit.” You’ve always known how to keep it real.

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