Life is a journey, both personal and religious. Some of us may find the notion of a religious journey unnecessary. But for me, religion is simply about addressing and struggling with those aspects of life that are of ultimate significance. And so, if you take your life journey seriously and try to frame it in a way that engages and expresses your deepest values and convictions, then as far as I’m concerned, yours is a religious journey.
The direction of your journey depends, of course, on the path you choose to follow. But do you choose the path or does it choose you? Do you discover your path or do you create it? Are you a path-follower or a trailblazer? Is it possible, or even desirable, to change course occasionally or even to set off in an entirely new direction? Is it ever too late to set out on a new path?
These are some of the questions that I hope you will ask yourself and reflect upon.
So how do we find, choose or create the best path to move us forward on our journey? In the process of determining your most appropriate path, you may find that you are, and have been, on the right path for some time. And that is a wonderful thing to figure out. But others of us may find that we need a small course correction or a total change of direction.
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CNN contributor Amanda Enayati tells the story of one “late bloomer” who needed a major course correction in her mid-40s, when her career as a marketing executive took a nosedive, plunging her into a monthslong depression.
Finally she sat down, pen in hand, and asked herself, “What do I want?” Her response to her own question: “A life where I am present. A life where I serve. A life where I don’t resent others. A life that allows me the chance to make a difference. A life that is extraordinary. A life where I laugh often. A life full of love.” So what do you want for your life?
Life coach Alison Ottaway writes about how to uncover your life’s true calling and find the path to pursue it. She writes, “Callings (to a life in which you feel fulfilled, of service, connected, vibrant and truly alive) don’t necessarily shine like guiding beacons ahead. But there are ways you can actively pursue and bring your purpose to you.”
Those might include paying attention to messages from your subconscious in the form of dreams or signs; thinking about what you used to love — your lifelong dreams; shaking up your routine and trying new things; and being patient, for discovering and honing your path in life will always be a continual part of your journey.
And so my suggestion for you today is to reflect a bit on your path, your journey. Think about the path you’re on, how you came to be on that particular path and how it brings meaning into your life. Or, if you’re not finding it all that meaningful, what might you do to shift the direction of your path, or even find a totally new one?