“Any path is only a path, and there is no affront to oneself or to others in dropping it if that is what your heart tells you.” Carlos Castaneda
Most paths lead to somewhere and nowhere. When we get somewhere we often realise that it’s nowhere.
Each destination we reach is a point on a treasure map. We go from point to point until we find the ultimate treasure … our death. Even at that point, we realise that’s not the final treasure. There’s still the hereafter to traverse.
When we embark on a path that catches our fancy it’s done with great enthusiasm and gusto in the beginning. It makes our heart sing … or so we think.
As we continue and face the obstacles that attach themselves to any path, our enthusiasm wanes and our heart wavers. We become uncertain whether the path is the right one.
This is why the only path with heart is the inner one. Let your soul, that has been with you from before you were born, be your guide.
Listen your soul give expression via it’s voice … intuition.
If a path feels right, it probably is.
But, don’t mistake any path as permanent. You don’t have to stick it out because societal norms of perseverance is so revered.
Why stay on a path that makes you unhappy? There’s no heart in that.
Of course, this is not to say that when the obstacles come (and they will) – the rejection, the boredom, the resistance – that you must jump ship at the merest whiff of discomfort. Understand that if there’s discomfort (if it’s a path with heart) it means you’re on the right path.
We could live our lives by Robert Frost’s words and lead the most fulfilled life. “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”
Remember, every moment is a path.
Having a conversation, for example, is a path. A path to understanding of the other.
- If your conversation is full of anger, you can drop that path and choose a path of gratitude.
- If your path is one of judgement, you can drop it and choose the path of curiosity.
- If your path is one of arrogance, you can drop it and choose the path of humility.
It’s easy to drop a path. You see, there are no wrong paths. They all serve a purpose of preparing us for the final moment. So, find the lesson in every path, reflect on it and move onto the next path just a little more enlightened so that at the end you present your creator with the greatest gift of all … the best version of yourself.