Life Is A Journey Of Discovering New Possibilities
Wherever you go,
Whatever you do,
No one can take the Fire out of your soul,
the Stars from your eyes,
the Passion in your heart.
Those are yours forever.
Do you remember that famous line from “The Wizard of Oz”? Almost at the end, Glinda the Good Witch says, “You’ve always had the power to go back to Kansas”, then the Scarecrow asked why she didn’t say anything at the beginning of the journey? And Glinda replies, “She had to learn it for herself.” The same thing is true for each of us.
“Have faith in your journey. Everything had to happen exactly as it did to get you where you’re going next” – Mandy Hale
I love the thought of curiosity in our travels. Around the next corner, you never know what might be waiting for you. Your focus will reflect what pops out at you. You will notice the sun shining brightly, or the clouds coming to cover it up. You will see rainbows or the coming thunder storm. It is all a matter of the filters that you are viewing your life from. Each experience adds up to who we are at this very moment. And each moment, presents change and a new you. Who are you becoming, as you journey down the road of life?
“The journey between what you once were and who are you now becoming is where the dance of life really takes place” – Barbara DeAngelis
When you have some specific goals in mind, time seems to be so slow. You feel like you’re wading through the mud, with each step taking so much effort. Stepping down into the mud, feeling the cold water flooding inside your boots. Even your toes are struggling to get a grip on the sole of the boot, as you’re trying to lift your foot out of the mud to take the next step. Fighting against the boot as it remains stuck in the mud. You tug at your boot. Finally getting it loose you struggle with the weight of the mud that is still attached to the boot. You keep trying not to lose your balance and do a face plant into the mud. It takes forever just to take a few steps in the right direction.
Have you ever felt that way? Your have to remind yourself that each experience in your life, has been right on time. Your are never late according the divine destiny. Each step, and each situation that showed up at your door step right on time. Right now you may be experiencing sickness, a job loss, work furlough, stress around your financial future, worried about putting food on the table. That would be you stuck in the mud. It’s hard to tell where to take the next step.
“I am learning to trust the journey even when I do not understand it” – Mile Bron
Each obstacle that you encounter, every mountain that you climb and then hike back down again, strengthens your muscles. Some of the muscles are physical, some mental, and some are spiritual. Learning to pace yourself so that you don’t get injured or tired and quit. Learning about the importance of not getting caught in the mind whirlpool of indecision. Learning that even when you think that you’re abandoned by God, you are in fact always being supported. The breakdown teaches you so much about yourself. You are stronger than you will ever know. No matter what is falling apart in your life this minute, you can conquer anything and anyone.
“Maybe the journey isn’t so much about becoming anything. Maybe it’s about unbecoming everything that isn’t really you, so you can be who you were meant to be in the first place” – Summer Saldana
It is also important to take the time to give thanks to every single person that has been a part of your life’s journey so far. The wisdom of the mentors in your life. The love of family. The blessing of friends, who are only a text, IM or phone call away. You can Skype girlfriends from around the world, and see their faces and feel in your soul how much they care and support you. Remind yourself to stop feeling that world is passing you by. Enjoy the journey. If you have a habit of getting so involved in planning, in working, in taking action, that you spend all your time “doing” – push the pause button and take time to just “be”. To remember that joy and happiness are found within the journey itself, not as a reward for reaching a new destination.
“I am deeply reminded that our life’s journey is a gift, not a given, and that we can never truly know how long the journey will last. All we can do is decide how it unfolds” – Sonia Choquette
The best part of the journey to self discovery, is that it really never ends. Because each time you reach a destination, the new you that it took to get there, looks around and says, “Where are we going to go now?” The journey has way-stops or check points along the way, but each destination opens doors. Doors to new places to go to, new ways you grow into. Sometimes going around the corner to a new destination, is simply learning to look at familiar things with new eyes. The thing that I know for certain, is that the journey is never over. Even when you leave this life, you will still be on a journey.
“You are not on a journey to God; you are on a journey with God” – Dr. Steve Maraboli