No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path. - Buddha
The difficulties you meet will resolve themselves as you advance. Proceed, and light will dawn, and shine with increasing clearness on your path. - John Rohn
This week has been a rather introspective one for me. My thoughts floated to others and the difficulties they are facing and I also thought about my life and the path I am traveling. I did as I promised to BFF's dad and went for several trail wogs this week with my trusty sidekick, Big Baby. We have a lovely greenbelt trail behind our home. It's serene and peaceful even though it's in the city.
As I walked along the trail, I thought about the path I am on in life. Being healthy and taking care of myself should be something that is simple but I tend to over-complicate it. I know I'm not alone in that. Why do we make things harder for ourselves than they need to be? Big Baby and I took our time enjoying the mid-day warmth as we wogged along. We took in all the little sights and sounds as we made our way along the trail. Even though things are terribly dry, we did manage to find unexpected beauty on our path.
Big Baby and I came to a crossroads on our trail. I asked her which road she wanted to take and rather than walk in a particular direction, she sat, looked up at me and waited for me to decide which trail to take. She was waiting for me to take charge and pick a path, any path, for us to continue our journey on. Staying in one place is never an option when venturing down any trail. So which path to choose?
I picked the more challenging trail which was loaded with rocks and dirt.
The trail eventually went from rocky and rough to green and beautiful.
I thought about how it was the perfect analogy for life - you pick the path you feel is best for you at the time and begin your journey. Some paths are easier than others, have different obstacles and change terrain as you venture along. A few paths even have unexpected twists and turns. But if you stay on it long enough and overcome the rough patches, you eventually find your reward at the end for persevering. At the end of this particular path was home for me and Big Baby (where she was rewarded with frozen blueberries). My life path still has a lot left to be discovered and a lot of fallen trees to climb over but I can do it. There is much unexpected beauty ahead of me.