I had another epiphany today. Sort of anyway. It’s not that I haven’t really known this before…. it’s just that while listening to a talk in our Regional Conference today, it created a vision in my head.
We are all at different points on this path of life. Some of us have been on the path a lot longer than others. Some have chosen a different path than I have. Although our paths are different and we are at different points in the path…. I still believe there are certain things on everyone’s path that will present themselves when we are ready for them.
I’m sometimes amazed at how much I have learned in just the last year or two. I often wonder: “What the heck took you so long?” I’m not sure of the answer to that other than maybe I wasn’t ready to be as receptive to certain things as I am now. Perhaps it’s just taking the time to ‘tune in’ to what you are sensing and feeling. I’ve found that when our focus shifts to things more meaningful…. that we are usually more receptive or even just recognize what we are suppose to be paying attention to.
Imagine two parallel lines of the same size. Let’s say they represent ‘the path’ we are all taking. Though I’m describing separate lines…. those lines represent the same path…. it just represents 2 different people on the path. Now imagine a dot in the center of the top line. It represent how far along that path person A has gone. The dot on the bottom line is only about 1/4 of the way along and it represents person B. Now they are both walking the same path…. but they left at different times, so person A is further along on the path than person B.
Will they both eventually see the same things along the path? Probably….. but perhaps in different seasons and different circumstances. There may be things along the path to distract one person while the other person doesn’t seem to notice them. Will their journey be the same? No….. will they experience some of the same things? Probably. But the path is the same, the scenery is the same.
Let’s say that there are parts of the path that you need to experience in order to understand things that you will see further down the path. If you don’t experience those things earlier…. you won’t recognize and understand the things further down the path. But…. at some point in your path, you finally understand and recognize those things. Person A would most likely experience them sooner than person B. Logically speaking. But is it possible, that if this pathway is something that is not measured how far along we are by our age… but rather our experience…. could person B catch up to person A? I believe they can.
If this all sounds confusing to you…. what I’m trying to say is…. that though I may have taken years to get to the point of being receptive and open and ready for the things I am experiencing and learning now….. I believe that someone much younger than I can also reach that point if they have the desire to move along that path a little quicker than I did. If they allow themselves to be open and focus on things that matter….. they can experience things at a much younger age than I did and thereby benefit from it for a longer time.
I guess what I’m trying to say is….. if you want your life to improve, then you need to be paying attention to signs and signals around you that may be leading you to move along that pathway a little quicker so that you can gain the knowledge you need so that when you reach that learning point…. you’ll know it’s there to improve your life. Allowing unnecessary distractions in our life will make that happen a lot slower. I don’t mean to offend anyone here…. there is a time and a place for entertainment….. but I think too many of us spend too much time being ‘entertained’ when our lives would be much better served if we would take that time to study and learn and then act upon what we have learned. In other words…. turn off the TV and open a book! And not just a novel…. something that can teach you what you need to know.
I’m not saying that you should never watch TV or never read a novel…. I just think most of us spent too much time doing trivial activities that don’t push us along the path of self improvement.
I”m still learning…. I’m still trying to get myself into action….. but I love what I am learning and enjoy the sense of purpose I feel in affecting other peoples lives just by being an example of what improving your own life can be.
I’m grateful that I feel I have reached a point in my path where I just want to stop and learn and absorb all that I can. There’s so much the path can teach me…. so much that I just walked by earlier. I’m glad to be learning, absorbing and sharing. If we ever reached the point in life where we think we have learned it all…. we are in BIG trouble!
So where are YOU on the path? Have you reached the point where you are seeing signs around you that you need to stop and learn what you can so that the rest of your path can be more meaningful? Sometimes all we need to do is just step back and, as an old Irving Berlin song said….. ‘Stop… Look…. Listen!” Pay attention to where your path is leading and what you need to do to be on the path of self improvement.
I am Grateful! How are you?