The Point of No Return (#58)

Posted by on Sep 8, 2017 in Articles | 2 comments

Morpheus: “This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill – the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill – you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.”                        -The Matrix

 Are you at a point in your life where you sense you’re on the brink of something new? It’s like the feeling in the air when seasons are about to change and yet they haven’t. Or when an opportunity arises and it kind of excites you and shakes you up at the same time.

You sense that a shift is available for you yet there’s a mystery and uncertainty about it that makes you wonder…should I go for it or not?

Read on to see how a boating adventure brought me to a place of choice, and led to an unforgettable experience that I continue to benefit from.



There are lots of things I love about the summer, and many of them revolve around outdoor activities. Swimming, beach walks at sunset, water skiing, kayaking and tripping around in the motorboat, to name a few. Normally when our family goes out in the boat, we’ll stop at a quiet spot and swim, just soaking up all the good vibes of our surroundings.

This one day, however, things started out a bit differently. It was overcast and a bit cool, so instead of stopping the boat at one of our usual spots, we kept driving. There was no wind, and the water was perfectly calm. We passed a lighthouse, one of the last visible structures in the area, and drove out into the open waters of Georgian Bay. We drove and we drove, until we were beyond places we were familiar with. As far as we were concerned, we were in uncharted waters. That part of Georgian Bay can be very deep in spots, and much shallower in others where large rock ledges exist; some of these are tall enough to break the surface and appear as little islands. This area’s also known for sudden changes in weather, where a storm and high waves can seem to come out of nowhere.

We knew there were some big islands with beautiful beaches way out in the bay, and although we couldn’t see them yet, we were tempted to investigate. Looking back behind us at the mainland shore, we watched as the lighthouse became smaller and smaller. As we continued to drive, we were leaving behind the feeling of safety and familiarity and moving farther into the unknown. The desire to experience something new was a real draw, yet as we began to lose sight of the mainland we started to question ourselves.

As the last speck of the lighthouse faded from sight, there was a moment of feeling suspended….a place where a decision had to be made. We were at the point of no return. In that moment, it seemed that everything stood still. Would we continue or turn back?

Just as I turned to look at the open waters in front of us, the outlines of large islands suddenly came into view. With this sign, we continued our journey and as we did so a new weather front came in, bringing lots of sunshine and warmth. We toured around the bigger islands we’d wanted to see, landed the boat at one of the beaches and had the most amazing day imaginable.

I often think back to that day, reliving the whole adventure and feeling grateful that we had stayed the course. Over and over, I now look for experiences that inspire and add depth to my life like that did.

I wish the same for you.

Until next time,

Live Deeply,TM




  1. Thank you Maura for being an inspiration to ventured beyond and way outside our safe areas of comfort – to bust through confinements in to more than we can imagine!

    • Thank you so much Karen, you inspire me as well 🙂