Wherever you go,
Whatever you do,
No one can take the Fire out of your soul,
the Stars from your eyes,
the Passion in your heart.
Those are yours forever.
Do you remember that famous line from “The Wizard of Oz”? Almost at the end, Glinda the Good Witch says, “You’ve always had the power to go back to Kansas”, then the Scarecrow asked why she didn’t say anything at the beginning of the journey? And Glinda replies, “She had to learn it for herself.” The same thing is true for each of us.
“Have faith in your journey. Everything had to happen exactly as it did to get you where you’re going next.”
I love the thought of curiosity in our travels. Around the next corner, you never know what might be waiting for you. Your focus will reflect what pops out at you. You will notice the sun shining brightly, or the clouds coming to cover it up. You will see rainbows or the coming thunderstorm. It is all a matter of the filters that you are viewing your life from. Each experience adds up to who we are at this very moment. And each moment presents change and a new you. Who are you becoming, as you journey down the road of life?
“The journey between what you once were and who are you now becoming is where the dance of life really takes place.”
Sometimes when I have some specific goals in mind, time seems to be so slow. I feel like I am wading through the mud, with each step taking so much effort. Stepping down and feeling the cold water and mud flooding my boots. Even my toes are struggling to get a grip on the sole of the boot, as I am trying to lift my foot out of the mud and take the next step. Fighting against the boot as it is wanting to remain stuck in the mud, as I tug at it and try not to lose my footing. It takes forever just to take a few steps in the right direction. Have you ever felt that way? I hope I am not the only one who has to remind myself that each experience in my life, has been right on time. I wasn’t late according to the divine destiny. Each step and each situation that showed up at my doorstep was right on time.
“I am learning to trust the journey even when I do not understand it.”
Each obstacle that I have encountered, every mountain that I had to climb up, and then back down again strengthened the muscles. Some of the muscles were physical, some mental, some were spiritual. Learning to pace myself. Learning about the importance of not getting caught in the mind whirlpool of indecision. Learning that even when I thought that I was abandoned by God, I was always being supported. The breakdown teaches you so much about yourself. You are stronger than you will ever know. No matter what is falling apart in your life this minute, you can conquer anything and anyone.
“Maybe the journey isn’t so much about becoming anything. Maybe it’s about unbecoming everything that isn’t really you, so you can be who you were meant to be in the first place.”
It is also important to take the time to give thanks to every single person that has been a part of your life’s journey so far. The wisdom of the mentors in your life. The love of family. The blessing of friends, who are only a text, message or phone call away. I love that I can Skype girlfriends from around the world, and see their faces and feel in my soul how much they care and support me. I have to remind myself, to stop and enjoy the journey. I have a habit of getting so involved in planning, in working, in taking action, that I spend all my time “doing” instead of taking time to just “be”. To remember that joy and happiness are found within the journey itself, not as a reward for reaching a new destination.
I am deeply reminded that our life’s journey is a gift, not a given, and that we can never truly know how long the journey will last. All we can do is decide how it unfolds.
The best part about the journey of self-discovery, is that it really never ends. Because each time you reach a destination, the new you that it took to get there, looks around and says, “Where are we going to go now?” The journey has way stops or checkpoints along the way, but each destination opens doors to new places to go to and new ways we grow into. Sometimes going around the corner to a new destination, is simply learning to look at familiar things with new eyes. The thing that I know for certain, is that the journey is never over. Even when we leave this life, we are still on a journey.
“You are not on a journey to God; you are on a journey with God.”
~Dr. Steve Maraboli