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Everything's a Journey...

Getting on the path to joy-filled living and a good night sleep!

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Life is not simple. It is not direct. We have peaks and valleys and curves on the road in our life experience. The path can be clear and smooth for a while and then something comes along to knock us off course.

Many of us have set goals for our lives and have good intentions. We work hard and give our best from day to day.

My question for this post is this:

What if after all of our best efforts, things don't turn out as planned (or what we were hoping and striving for)? 

This can be devastating for us folks who are ambitious and have our vision boards, to do lists, affirmations on our walls...

I will say this, as I look back at my many journals over the years (I have been a life-long journal writer)- the dreams and goals and wrote down on those pages 10, 7, 5 years ago... most of them are now my reality. I would say 90% of my dreams and goals have come true. That's pretty awesome and I have created a beautiful life for myself. This is the perspective of many years, however...

I think it is easy to get lost in this day and age of instant gratification that if something does not go as planned right away, we feel that somehow we were not good enough, or we were misguided, or that life is just hard and unfair and why should we even try any longer?

Here is what I propose, whether we meet or goals or not (today)- why don't we give ourselves permission to relax a bit and enjoy the journey along the way? Who knows... perhaps a side excursion will open up new opportunities that we may have never initially considered.

Here is the famous poem by Robert Frost,

The Road Not Taken

 

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveler, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth;

 

Then took the other, as just as fair,

And having perhaps the better claim,

Because it was grassy and wanted wear;

Though as for that the passing there

Had worn them really about the same,

 

And both that morning equally lay

In leaves no step had trodden black.

Oh, I kept the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads on to way,

I doubted if I should ever come back.

 

I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

 

 

My invitation for you right now is simply this:

Consider your goals.

Consider the journey which is your life.

What brings you the most joy?

I believe that both serve us beautifully. It is a good practice to have a direction and set our sights on results that make sense for us and that will provide for us a sense of accomplishment and purpose. On the other hand, with just a wee-bit relaxing of our hands on that wheel and opening ourselves up to alternative outcomes, we can give ourselves permission to enjoy the journey as well (no matter our goals or possible destinations).

I believe that may be a sweet spot for us to explore. You are welcome to share your thoughts here.

To be continued...

In Peace,

Debra

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