Spreading Our Wings

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Spreading Our Wings

The journey is to be
your unique, specific self,
who will only exist once in this
universe, able to do and be
what no one else
can do and be.
-Robert P. Crosby

On March 2, 1992, filled with excitement and curiosity, I boarded United Airlines flight 158, a fifteen-hour, nonstop flight across the Pacific Ocean. The plane was filled to capacity with Asians going home and a polyglot of multinationals heading for one of the biggest crossroads in the world, Hong Kong! Just hearing all the different languages spoken amongst the passengers was thrilling! I grew up with airplanes in my blood (my dad was a captain for Pan Am, my brother was a captain for Pan Am and United, and both my sister and I were flight attendants for Pan Am a long time ago!). I felt delighted to be on a 747 again starting a new adventure.

Why Hong Kong? Because Wings was asked to present our seminars there, and I got to go first. What an opportunity! The essence of my personal vision is to live my dreams and to assist others to live theirs. Here was an opportunity to have the people assisted be from many cultures, my global vision. To step into another culture, to teach, to assist people to open to their own magnificence and personal power and then for them to go share their learning with their families, co-workers, and community…this excites me.

When I sat down in my seat, I knew that I had everything I needed: my seminar outline, music, clothes, a huge amount of loving support from family, interns, and staff, and total self-trust that whatever I did would be the best I knew how to give. I felt like a pioneer, setting off for the unknown as well prepared as possible and knowing that anything could happen—a true adventure.

So many incredible things happened! Simply walking down the street at noon, noticing commerce in action, the smells, tastes, and textures of this multinational city, was a learning experience. Teaching in the elegant Hong Kong Convention Center, which sits at the edge of Hong Kong Harbor, watching forty-three participants from eleven different nations open their hearts and minds to love and accountability was inspiring. Meeting so many people who care about the quality of life in our world, who will open their minds to new learning and take action to change things, filled me with a sense of deep common purpose, desire, and hope. Hope!

My Hong Kong adventure beckoned me to learn about my world and myself. It made it very clear to me that people all over the world are thirsty for love and a meaningful life. People want to be their best selves, to feel inspired and valuable in their daily lives, to experience a peaceful and loving world that begins inside of them. People want their children to be safe, loved, well educated, and capable of creating meaningful and fulfilling lives. I was so touched to hear each person from such varied backgrounds say they wanted the same things. I learned from experience that, given the opportunity and an encouraging and supportive learning environment, people rise to the greatest heights and bring others along.
What great adventure is awaiting you? Calling to you so that you can expand your vision of yourself and your world? What do you want to contribute to this great big beautiful world and all its people? When you look back at your long and healthy life, how do you want to be remembered, your legacy? All this starts with a dream.

Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

-Mark Twain.

Is it time to spread your wings?

Reflections:

1. What do you want to contribute to this great, big, beautiful world and all its people?

2. What gifts and talents do you possess that you are not using? How do you feel when you are not using your abilities?

3. When you look back at your long and healthy life, how do you want to be remembered?

4. What is your legacy?

I encourage you to share your responses to the reflection questions in the comments section.

With love and gratitude,
Kris King

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2 Responses to “Spreading Our Wings”

  1. Keena Dunsing says:

    Well superb 🙂

  2. Thank you for another nudge in the direction of my passion. You said, “Given the opportunity and an encouraging and supportive learning environmnet, people rise to the greatest heights and and bring others along.” Reminded to stay on track with my passion to share Nia with folks in the 2nd half of life. It can provide the encouraging and supportive environment for learnng how to move their body’s way, in comfort.