It has been said that life is a journey and rightly so. And like any journey, it is accomplished by taking step after step. Lao Tzu wrote that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Our journey in life is measured in time and the steps that we take as we move through that time. It begins at conception, we move forward through growth until we emerge from the birth canal and we begin to experience the outside world without the protection and filter of our mother’s womb.
There are times that we need to rest and be still, enjoy what we have or seek respite from the stresses of life. But even then, it soon becomes time to start again. Our life is not meant to be stagnant. We are meant to learn, explore, and gain experiences.
I love to learn. I have learned through books, lectures, listening to others’ experiences, and of course from my own. The more I learn, the more I realize that I know so little. I appreciate things more because of the loss I have suffered or have seen others suffer. I’ve learned not to take everything so seriously. Some paths are merely distractions but we can’t forget to get back to the vital path. There is so much to learn in this world. I am equally amazed at the viewpoints that people have of the same situation. One person sees a challenge whereas another sees an immovable obstacle. One person is inspired while another is defeated. Our experiences through our journey shape our character and our responses. But even so, we still decide the next step, the next turn of our journey. We can go above and beyond our response, decide which is the best course and take the next step in our life.
Sometimes we are stopped because we do not choose to take an alternate path in our journey. We repeat the same steps that failed us before. I have done this myself but I hope that I have learned from this. We might move from relationship to relationship picking the same type of person even though we know that that particular trait will eventually frustrate us. We may choose to be with a weak individual because we feel we can “fix” them or maybe we feel unworthy to be with anyone else.
We must look at our path ahead, examine where we came from and choose our next step wisely. We will make mistakes. I will make a mistake. None of us is perfect. Yet, we seem to learn more from our failures then our successes. It is overcoming the struggles that burn the lessons into our brains. It is overcoming the struggles that help us realize our inner strength, humble us and allow us to seek the aid and advice of others.
Life is a journey. I have not reached my destination. I look forward to the next part of my journey. Although I cannot control all that happens on my journey, I can choose to respond wisely to those things I can control.
Maybe I will see you on the path. Maybe we can help each other move ahead. Our paths may be different but our quest of self realization is the same. May your travels be filled with wonderful experiences.