You are reading the ongoing writing process for a new book of daily reflections/meditations. Already published by this author is “Cast A Long Shadow”, 90 daily reading for our journey through life. This book is available direct from the publisher, and also on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk
I like the analogy of life as a journey – it has real meaning to me and shows us how to live our lives each day – and so the path we take is important.
Our path through life is always interesting, because unlike a human created path, there is no map to show us where the road will take us, no GPS to guide us as we reach a turning place, and we do not get to go back and start again if we make a mistake.
But maybe that is the wrong way to look at it.
Because on this path there are many turnings, may times where we have to decide which way to turn.
In fact, there are many hundreds of these turning points each day – every moment we are alive we can decide to move in this direction or that.
In this way our journey through life is more like walking through a forest than driving on an interstate.
There are many possible paths, and none are obviously better than any other.
I may need to take what appears to you to be a wrong turning in order to find a particular piece of my truth, whilst you may need a totally different life experience.
We can all make bad decisions; go down a promising path, only to find it is a dead-end; or suddenly realize that the path we are on is not where we need to be, but be unsure how to find another one.
Sometimes, I have followed what I believed was the right path – made what seemed to be the only choices that were available to me, and still felt unsatisfied.
Often these feelings come from not recognizing that there are no guarantees in life, and that there are other paths that we can follow – nothing is a straight forward as it may seem.
In the end, it is not so much about choosing the perfect path, but about learning from the path we are on.
When we realize that we are going the wrong way, this is not a reason to beat ourselves up or consider we are hopelessly lost.
There was an old hippie saying that “there is no such thing as a bad trip” – to the extent that we learn from our successes and from our mistakes that is true.
The tragedy is to take a mistaken path, not learn from it, and carry on regardless.
There is always a new path to take, if we are willing to recognize there is something to learn even from our wrong turnings.