Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Trust Your Journey

This is the first in a 10-part series of posts on some simple actions that always lead to happiness!  Read the original post that frames this discussion HERE
Trust your journey.  To me that means have an inner peace about the path you are on in life.  That does not mean that  you will not have moments that confound you or make you scratch your head and think "How can this be my path and how is THIS going to get me where I ultimately want to be?!"
Is there a true destination anyway?  Are these "destinations" or places or states that we seek, merely just way-points along the continuing path? Does your path have an end? A finish line?  Not for me.  I have found that life seems to be a wonderful combination of fate/destiny and free will/choice.
Let's start with Fate/Destiny:  To me this means that you are being true to yourself, your true nature of who you are as person.  One who follows their heart into the world being present in all the sweet moments of life by being fully present in the moment, but also having a forward looking perspective that expects great things for tomorrow and the continued journey along your path.
Horseshoe Bend- Colorado River
Free Will:  We have been endowed with this ability to make choices.  Choices that in any given moment can move us from one rushing current of life into another moving in the complete opposite direction.  These different choices may cause our path to meander quite a bit along our journey.
So once we recognize our ability to make these choices and we are fully present we can begin to recognize mileposts along the way that serve to encourage us to stay the course and to continue to trust our journey.  Sometimes these are very subtle and you might miss it!  Even if we miss our exit and seem to be off course, ultimately the flow of life will continue to carry us towards our destinies.  There is not always a big blinking sign that screams "Turn here!"  That is all part of embracing the journey along the way.  Celebrating the sweet victories and embracing the challenges and growth that comes from failing gloriously.
When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.
This quote from The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is one of my favorites.  It encapsulates much of this idea of trusting your journey.  I highly encourage anyone wanting to further explore these ideas to read this amazing, allegorical novel.  I have read my copy dozens of times.  Each time it reminds me to stay true to myself, lead with my heart, be present for all the sweetness life offers, and most of all to trust my journey.
Peace!  Dave