“If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking.” – Ancient Buddhist proverb
Two days ago I was riding my bike on the bike path near our house. The bike path travels through a mostly rural and wooded area. As I was riding, I saw a turkey standing on the path ahead of me. The turkey was on the opposite side of the path, and I assumed he would run into the field. Well, he must not have saw me until I was almost right beside him. And, instead of running into the field nearest him (and away from me), he chose to run back across the path right in front of me. This was the side from which he had approached the path just earlier. I just missed hitting him by less than a foot!
So, why do I bring this up? It got me thinking … how many times do we continue to go down the path (or road) we know because that’s what we’re “comfortable” with? And how many times could we try new roads in our life, and see where they take us? It’s easy to get caught up in doing what we’ve always done. There is a comfort level in knowing what to expect. But is that road taking you in the direction you want your life to go in?
It’s important that we take time to evaluate where we are going in life, and why we’re doing what we do. Spending the time to determine what we want and desire in life will lead to us having the life we desire. Sure, there will be times when we make mistakes, or when we go down a road that is really a dead end. Maybe (likely) we’ll decide later in our life that some of the roads we were going down no longer are directions we want to go. But in going down these new roads as we lead our life, we get to know ourselves better.
So, explore those new roads out there. You’ll find new things, and learn more about yourself in the process!