by Bernie Otis, Featured Contributor
[su_dropcap style=”flat”]I[/su_dropcap]F YOU HAVE EVER PLANNED a vacation then you know the excitement you feel as you decide on where you will journey and read about the destination, speak with your travel agent and look forward to making friends with those who live in different geographical areas then yours as well as seeing new things and having new adventures. And you also are. When the journey is completed, have wonderful memories to share with your friends and close loved ones.
So to, from the minute we are born we begin a journey that will take us through life and be filled with opportunities, happiness and joy. And yes as happens on any journey we take there will be disappointments, periods of suffering and pain.
I am reminded of a time when upon a return trip to California from Gulfport Mississippi new Orleans when the airliner we were supposed to take developed mechanical problems and we had to take a very small plane to New Orleans to connect with a major airliner.
The small plane ran into a violent storm over Lake Ponchatrane. We were engulfed in dark clouds and experiencing terrible lightning storms. It was scary, but suddenly we broke through the terror and emerged into a beautiful sun fled blue sky.
In life’s journey as well such things occur and we need to understand that. And if you have at each stage of your life planned the trip, been prepared to handle unexpected events and setbacks, when your journey ends your life’s story should be happily celebrated.
At each stage of our journey through life we deal with different issues/ Childhood questions, learning to deal with our parents (and/or children) choosing a path through education and a career, taking care of our aging parents, not to forget our own aging issues etc. etc. each presents a new challenge and each also presents an opportunity for us to grow and learn.
And as we make that journey we will come to forks in the road. One leads to a happy ending and one leads to a sad conclusion to life. If you have taken the time to carefully plan the trip there is little chance that you will make the wrong decision.
Nechoma Greisman wrote the following words:
To a person who says despairingly, “look how far I have to go the Bible says “do not give up. After all look how far you’ve come> A little further; a little more effort, and you will reach the next stage. Don’t take on the whole journey at once. Go one step, one stage at a time. Set your goals on the next stop. As long as you are alive, you can never become complacent about the number of journeys you’ve traveled”
The most satisfying of life’s Journeys we take are those which are well thought out and planned.