Loving Your Life's Path

Do you love the path your life is headed down? Yeah, I know, that’s kind of a big question to just throw at you on Friday morning, right?
But, if you think about it, we’re all on some sort of path. Some of us are doing what we can to control and guide our paths. Some of us are just riding life out, going with the flow and seeing where it takes us. No matter what way you choose to view or act on your life’s path, you do have one.
We all do.
The question then becomes not whether we have a path, but whether or not we like our path.
To be honest, I go back and forth on the issue. One day I feel like my life is going just as it should, that I’m treading nicely along a path that makes me happy and fills my life with positivity. The next day I can be unsure, uncertain about whether or not I’m living the best life I could be living. I’ll find myself asking, “Are there things I could change? Are there things I want to change? What would my ideal life path be?” Some days I find myself wondering if I’m on the right path.
I’m sure I’m not alone in this. No matter how content one seems (or claims) to be, I’m pretty most people question the path their heading down at one point or another. It’s human nature, I suppose. However, I’m coming to the realisation that I’m always on the right path, no matter what’s happening in my life. Whatever’s happening is supposed to happen. Whatever path I’m heading down is the path I’m supposed to be on.
Of course it’s not always that easy to believe this (especially when things in your life are less than ideal), but, really, what sense does it make not to? Does it make you happier to believe you’re on the wrong path? No. Does it bring more stress and anxiety into your life when you fret about if you are traveling down the right road? Yes. To me, it makes a lot more sense to accept your life as it is — to embrace it and love it — than it does to question and critique it.
However, that doesn’t mean we have to relinquish all control when it comes to our lives. Walking around thinking “I have no control so I’m just going to do nothing” is certainly not any way to live a full, happy life.
We have control over our lives, but we also need to take to heart the idea that our lives are moving along just as they should. As I said, this isn’t always easy to do, especially if you love to have control like I do. It was hard for me at times to say, “Yes, my life is going along just as it should. It always has and it always will.” Part of me wants to revolt against that idea and say, “Hey! My life has been really bad before and I have to make sure it doesn’t ever get that way again!” It’s pretty hard for me not to want to believe that I have control over every single aspect of my life. I have the ability to make choices, yes, but I have to remember that every choice (no matter what it feels like) is the right choice for my life’s path.
For someone who easily jumps to a critical conclusion, it’s not all that easy for me to accept that, no matter what I do, I am doing the right thing. How can I really know that? How can I know that I’m not, right now, making some horrible mistake? I guess, when it comes down to it, there’s no way to know.
I have to just sit back, do what I do, and accept that my life is unfolding as it should. And, as I learned recently, there is no way that it could be unfolding any other way. What is happening is what’s supposed to happen. If it weren’t supposed to happen, it wouldn’t be happening. Does that make sense? Yeah, it’s hard for me to grasp sometimes, but, deep down, I believe there’s a truth in that. Does knowing this truth make it easier for me to love and accept the path I’m on in life? Yes and no.
Part of me really does realise that everything is happening as it should and I have to keep going on doing what I believe I should be doing. The other part of me rebels and demands that I seize control, make changes, and move my life down a path that is ideal for me (but, then, what really is ideal? how do I know it would be ideal?). I struggle with this all the time as I’m sure many of you do as well. I want to control my life, live the best life I can, but I also want to believe that I’m living my life just fine and that nothing is happening that shouldn’t be happening.
So how do I balance it all out? Why not come back tomorrow where I will share some suggestions that I am working with.

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