So many times I have clients who are confused about their reason for being here. “Why was I born?” “What is my life’s mission?” “I know I came here to do something but what is it?”
We often hear that we need to find our life’s path, and then stick to it. Keep pounding that well-worn path over and over so that it gets done and done well. But what if we really have several choices, several different paths throughout our lives?
It is my own belief that we discover and follow many paths through life, especially if we are gifted with a long life. Years ago when life expectancy was 35-50, perhaps we had one or two paths we followed but in today’s world, we might select and follow many different paths during our lifetimes.
For example, early on my path was to study as many different subjects as I could while getting my education so that I might accrue a smattering of knowledge about several different subjects. Next, my path was to be a Wife and Mother. That phase lasted a good long while and still continues to this day although not with quite the intensity of those first 25 years!
Next I became a student again, learning all I could about specific subjects involving color, energy, and healing. I am still following this path as well as well although I have also stepped onto the path of teacher, healer, inventor, author, and guide.
There are other paths that seem important to me as well: loyal friend, compassionate listener, nature lover, connector, explorer of ideas, devoted pet owner….and more. So we are not just one thing but a sum of our parts.
I have many parts, and you do too. Each part we play in life, each path we follow, is just one element of our journey.
A milestone birthday is coming up for me in June. I will turn a certain age that will lead me into another decade of aging, and of living. I know that this one will bring more changes of all kinds. Changes will come more quickly now, some good, some not so much. I am curious to see what other paths unfold for me in the years ahead for we are never done changing until we take our last breath and make the biggest transition of all.
So enjoy your varied and wonderful paths. Your journey is unique and yours alone. No one can take it for you. You will have traveling mates along the way, some forever, some just briefly. It always amazes me how just the right people seem to show up at just the right times. I love how life changes and how we get to experience so many things. Even though my main mission is to love (others AND myself), the varied branches of my life’s path are all cherished and enjoyed. Writing this has made me very appreciative of what has been given to me and what I have worked for. I hope that in reviewing all your various paths in life that you can experience the same thing.
The key to finding your life’s path is to accept and experience all of those variables, to live each path to its fullest, and to allow for expansion and other paths to open up before you!
“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Man learns through experience, and the spiritual path is full of different kinds of experiences. He will encounter many difficulties and obstacles, and they are the very experiences he need to encourage and complete the cleansing process.” ~Sai Baba
“A successful life is one that is lived through understanding and pursuing one’s own path, not chasing after the dreams of others.” ~Chin-Ning Chu
“If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.” ~Frank A. Clark
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma-which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” ~Steve Jobs
“Things don’t have to change the world to be important.”