#9 Sometimes, the path we need to take doesn’t look like a path at all.
I have a confession to make. I’m taking the summer in low gear. Thanks to my Camel’s Hump trek, these thirteen blogs will carry me through to the end of September. I’m not gone; I still show up throughout the week to converse with those of you who stop by and comment (thank you ever so much). I remain eager to hear how these lessons show up in your everyday life.
Now, back to our regularly scheduled blog post:
#9, Sometimes, the path we need to take doesn’t look like a path at all.
For me, this lesson has to do with expectations or assumptions. I thought I knew what a mountain path looked like: dirt, vegetation in places, a few rocks, trees overhead. I’ve been on countless mountain paths. But on my Camel’s Hump descent, I saw that the path I needed to take sometimes didn’t look like my vision of a path at all; it looked like an abandoned river bed (because it was).
It was a good reminder to stay open to challenging my assumptions. An even better reminder to try to stay aware of what assumptions I’m holding.
How often have I missed the proverbial boat because it’s not what I was expecting. Did it float right by me and I didn’t recognize it? How often am I stuck in a particular way of thinking, of being, and miss seeing life in a new and different way.
It was the same on the mountain. When I assumed the path would be a certain way, I risked missing the path as it actually was. Caught up in the dream, I failed to notice the reality.
Fortunately, these thoughts flitted by in a nanosecond and I continued on my way. I’ve dwelt on this one longer here, than I did on the mountain. And that’s fine.
How about you? Do you get in your own way at times too? How do you know when you’re doing it?
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