Everything we do in this world is a journey. A journey doesn’t have to be based on a trip. It can be life experiences that we all deal with, decisions that take us down different paths, people we encounter can send us on a journey of new discovery. Even faith has it’s own journey but how do we make our journeys count? What I mean is what do we take away from our own journeys that help us to become a little wiser, a little kinder, and a little more appreciative of what we have as opposed to what we don’t.
I’ve always struggled when difficult decisions had to be made. I’m more of an emotional person and have often looked to my heart to guide me rather than using my head. It’s cost me professionally and personally in the long run. I’m doing everything I can not to repeat the same errors. This has led me on some repetetive journeys without meaning to follow my same patterns.
When I’ve traveled, I’ve had physical journeys that allowed me to see new lands, experience various cultures, and to make new connections that are lasting a lifetime. To date, my favorite country is South Africa. I will never forget that experience. I flew back the day Nelson Mandela died. It’s a beautiful country that has it’s own issues but it’s towns will forever be imprinted in my mind as a life changing journey. I was able to see how blessed I truly was and learned that just because our society has more, it doesn’t mean that we are better. Every single person I encountered had stories to tell that not only influenced me but others as well.
Asia countries also influenced my journey. I used to believe that Buddhism was a religion. After visiting some of the Asian countries, I learned that many people don’t consider Buddhism a religion but rather a way of being within. That was a new one to me. I always thought that Buddhism was religious. It’s lessons like this that have helped me open my own eyes to being receptive to various journeys in life.
When children are playing sports, we see it as a game that they are playing but they are also laying the groundwork for their own future journeys. It is through these kinds of events that they learn how to handle sportsmanships, decisions, and teamwork. A baseball team can’t win with only one player. It takes an entire team to play the game and complete their journey. I think as adults, we forget that it’s the children in this world who remind us the most of what is truly important. After all, many of us should take lessons from kids not to take ourselves so seriously and to live each day with curiosity and vigor. Children are much more open to learning and to change. They don’t know that they shouldn’t try things. I think that’s why I’m really grateful for the opportunity to work on a volunteer basis with groups like Empowered Girls of NC.
Talk about an eye opener. This non profit organization has reminded me that we are all on journeys every single day of our lives. It’s just a matter of being open to change. It’s one of those things that no matter what we may think, we have to be willing to trust our gut. For those who pray, we must be willing to pray and go forward. There are many different organizations that help people. The main thing is that we all need each other to make our journeys more efficient and meaningful.
Whether it’s a new job, a new relationship, a new anything that may be happening in your life, enjoy the journey. Some are more pleasant than others. Keep an open mind and an open heart. If the journey is toxic, change the route. If the journey is healthy but you are outgrowing the scenery, look for another opportunity for growth. If you are just starting a journey, embrace it, embellish and savor the moment because we don’t get a do over in life. Be willing to keep spreading your wings and let the journey take you to many different places in life. Above everything else, don’t be afraid of new things. As a woman I met in Spain once told me, “try it once, if you like it, try it again. If you don’t like it, then at least you’ll know rather than assume.” That’s pretty good advice. So far, I’ve discovered I like several things that I assumed I didn’t. Amazing how the journey gets enhanced once we let our inhibitions go.