On a recent hike in the woods, with my little monkey strapped to my back, I found myself in awe of the surrounding nature. Not a soul was around…besides perhaps the critters scurrying to hide. All I could hear was the freshly fallen leaves crackle beneath my feet. This was an unfamiliar trail for me and I let my mind wander as I took one turn, then another, in no particular direction. As I turned around though, a sinking feeling came over me as I realized I might be lost. No, I did not drop bread crumbs..as I probably should have.
Then it dawned on me. Sometimes in life we find ourselves wandering aimlessly….until we are so far down a path that we don’t recognize how we got there..or even worse…we don’t recognize ourselves anymore.
Perhaps life is a little bit of both courage to take the road less traveled, as Robert Frost quotes, and a little bit of planning our course of action to the end of the road. I am certain of this though. You can make a plan for your life, but you cannot plan for life’s little contingencies or bumps in the road.
My recent “bump” can be described by one word…..hiatus. The word is described as ‘a break or interruption in the continuity of a work.’ I made a plan to be a blogger, writing all the time. We all get busy. Life happens. We make a plan and expect ourselves to follow through, holding ourselves to the highest expectations. I believe, however, that sometimes a hiatus is necessary in finding your way back down the right path. How else are you supposed to reevaluate what’s important to you unless you are removed from said project/work? And plus, we all need to give ourselves some slack, am I right?
As my son and I stood at the fork in the trail, I wondered how many times he, in his adulthood and lifetime, will have to make some difficult choices. I looked down both paths…both seemingly bright and lovely. I had no idea where each path led, nor which one had less curves and less bumps. That is life. We have to have the courage to take a leap of faith and choose a path…of either direction…sometimes not knowing where it will lead.
The unknown is scary…and there are no guarantees. But I can guarantee you this: whichever path you choose, it will come with its beauty and heartache. Each bump is a learning opportunity. Recognize that. Learn from it. If you are scared, chances are you are growing. I made each choice along the way and even though we don’t realize it sometimes, as hard as it is, we can certainly turn around or change course. Don’t forget that.
My challenge to you is this. Go on a hike. Choose an unlikely path. Take a risk! You just may surprise yourself on the other side. Don’t be the Cowardly Lion! As for me, who says I’m lost? I’m exactly where I want to be.
Sending you sunshine,