Getting onto the Right Path
One of my favorite stories comes from Love, Medicine and Miracles by Dr. Bernie Seigal. A young man wanted to become a violinist. His parents said no, become a lawyer. He went to law school and started practicing law. He then developed what was diagnosed as terminal cancer. Thinking he was going to die, he got a job playing violin for an orchestra. Years later, he was still alive because he realized he was on the wrong path. He had to live his life, not the life of his parents. Knowing when to walk away is wisdom, being able to do so is courage. Isn’t it amazing that cancer is what gave him courage enough to walk away?
We have all been placed on this earth to discover our own path, and we will never be happy if we live someone else’s idea of life.
– James Van Praagh
Our bodies know when we are not living our authentic life, and we will receive a wake up call. It is important that we listen, look within, and then have the courage to make the changes that need to be made. It is also important to realize that just because we are walking down the right path, doesn’t mean there won’t be obstacles. Our need of courage includes being courageous enough to know that we will still make mistakes, experience disappointments and despair.
Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is perspective, not the truth.
– Marcus Aurelis
This is where the ability to look about and within becomes important. It doesn’t mean that we are on the wrong path just because something goes wrong. It could just mean that we need to grow more, to be able to continue the journey. U-Turns don’t take you back the way you just came. Life’s road twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. So when you complete a U-turn it is just like turning down a side road. You can’t go backwards, although it seems like it some days. Trying to go backwards is very disappointing, because we can’t recreate what we left behind. We changed and so did everyone else.
The light at the end of the tunnel is your life; it’s the tunnel that’s temporary.
– Michael Josephson
Don’t allow yourself to become the boulder blocking the path. This is what happens when we try to go backwards. We block our own path. We might recreate similar patterns of self destruction. If we do, that is when we know that it is time to listen to the heart. Our heart and soul are like the magnetic needle on the compass. Always go to “true north” and you will be on the right path.
Don’t feel sorry for yourself if you have chosen the wrong road. Turn around.
– Edgar Cayee
I have always maintained that U-turns are part of every journey to some place that I don’t know. I expect them, I laugh when they happen. U-Turns can be really interesting. What I have learned in my life is that every single experience has something important in it that I needed to learn. I may only understand later, why that piece of knowledge was required.
I have been in the mortgage industry for almost 35 years. So I have lived through good and bad cycles in the financial industry. Years ago I had a good job, but the owner of another company kept calling me to come and work for him. Finally after months of getting his phone calls, I gave notice and went to work for him. This job would end up being a U-turn for me.
He had hired a free lance writer to create a manual for the mortgage brokers he worked with, and she seemed unable to finish the project, so as part of my job I took that project to completion. Then two weeks later I was laid off, when the interest rates hiked up and his business slowed down. I really yelled at myself, because I felt I had made a wrong decision in taking that job and should have stayed where I was.
Sometimes a wrong turn can get you straight to the right track.
– Marva Ezzat
We ended up having to move out of state in order for me to find work. But what happened next, was really interesting. The Savings and Loan I went to work for needed manuals written for their servicing department, and because I had that experience I got the job of being both an underwriter and a trainer. I created several training programs for them, as well as the servicing manual.
Then I got a second part time job teaching at South Seattle Community College for an adult education class for loan processors and loan officers. I ended up creating new manuals for this position too, because their manuals were so bad. Both of these jobs would not have been available to me, if I hadn’t taken that earlier job and got the experience of creating a manual.
Move on. It’s just a chapter in your life. Don’t close the book, just turn the page for a new chapter.
So we will fall down. We may even get lost. U-Turns are a given. But as long as we take out that compass, listen to our hearts and the courage in our soul, we will be on the right path. As long as we tune into true north, we can take that step into the unknown, knowing that this is the right path.
Life is full of surprises and serendipity. Being open to unexpected turns in the road is an important part of success. If you try to plan every step, you may miss those wonderful twists and turns. Just find your next adventure – do it well, and enjoy it – and then, not now, think about what comes next.
– Condelezza Rice