Have you ever felt like you were living a version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears? Are looking for a moment where you can say, “Ah, this feels just right!” I know I have found myself doing that many times in my life. I kept waiting to find the path that would lead me to ultimate happiness, health and success–that was comfortable, clear cut and had no bumps in the road. You may laugh reading that. I do! When we write out what our expectations of life are, they often look immature and quite silly.
When we are looking for the clear cut path, we are looking for certainty about how it is all going to work out. There are too many twists and turns in this mystery we call life for that to be true. Joseph Campbell said in his book: The Hero’s Journey: Joseph Campbell on His Life & Work:
“You enter the forest at the darkest point, where there is no path. Where there is a way or path, it is someone else’s path. You are not on your own path. If you follow someone else’s way, you are not going to realize your potential.”
Take a deep breath and see what happens if you say to yourself: “There is no clear cut path. It unfolds before me as I work with the Divine Source within me. I simply take the next step in the direction I am being called to walk and spirit meets me there to help me see the next step.”
How does that feel? For me, it feels wonderful. It’s a little like going on a grand adventure. Each of us is blazing the trail of our own experience of life. When we surrender to that, life gets more exciting and relaxed at the same time. Spirit is like a GPS. If we turn left instead of right, it is going to help us get back on purpose if we listen and allow that to happen. Part of me still wants to control and figure it all out in advance. It doesn’t work. It just makes me anxious and makes life more complicated. If I work in the unfolding, life is simpler. And simpler feels better.
Do you get caught up in thinking that someone else can show you the way? Are you walking someone else’s path? Are you spending time trying to get on the right path rather than just taking the next step right now?
I would love to hear what you think.