All Paths Lead Somewhere . . .

“All of life is a journey which paths we take, what we look back on, and what we look forward to is up to us. We determine our destination, what kind of road we will take to get there, and how happy we are when we get there.” ~ Unknown

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Life is a journey down a path. Each of our paths are different and we run into different obstacles and fun along the way. Our paths cross other’s paths and will sometimes widen a bit to accommodate company for stretches of time. Our life path has ups and downs, gentle curves and extreme round-a-bouts. There are special destinations along the way, but they are not the same for everyone. Eventually, we will all converge at the same place (just like all of these squirrel paths converge at the tree). However, our one true convergence takes place at the end of our life. We start our paths in different places, we make different choices, we face different paths … The only thing we all share is the same ending … death. .. it is at the end of all of our paths.

It is the journey down our path and how we deal with everything that comes our way that makes us unique … the journey is what counts, not the end. How we treat people, how we share of ourselves and our talents, how we live our beliefs .. that is what matters. I am sure that all of us have a few detours we wish we would not have taken and/or holes in our paths that we would love to be able to go back and fix … but, life does not allow us to do that very often (if it does, it is not something we should think twice about doing .. it is a rare gift to be able to set things right). The most important things we can do is learn from those mistakes and do our best each day. “It is better to travel well than to arrive.” ~ Buddha

SnowcrabUnlike these Minnesota snow crabs (oak leaves) which crawl along the snow without leaving a trace, it is impossible for us to walk down our paths without leaving a mark. The marks we leave behind are sometimes faint, sometimes obvious, sometimes dramatic changes, improvements and sometimes damage… but, there is always a trace of us left. The question is .. what traces do we want to leave behind for other people to see or know about our path?

If you are a blogger, you are leaving your thoughts, opinions and art. If you are a parent, you are leaving your children. If you are a friend, you are leaving your friendship with others. Writers are leaving their words, painters their pictures. Teachers their knowledge, builders their structures. Counselors are leaving peace and understanding, children their laughter and joy. Everyone leaves something in their path every day. Lets try to leave mostly positive things there …

“Other people may be there to help us, teach us, guide us along our path, but the lesson to be learned is always ours.” ~ Unknown

I hope your winter path has been a life giving and fun trip these past few months … my path is very hectic with too much time working and not enough time for the things I enjoy. I am looking forward to my Spring and Summer paths as I will once again have more time to dedicate to my blog and visiting your blogs. Thanks for sticking with me and checking on me during my blogging dry spell.

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the only one who’ll decide where you’ll go.” ~ Dr. Seuss

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~ by bearyweather on March 11, 2013.

6 Responses to “All Paths Lead Somewhere . . .”

  1. Very nice post! Here’s to Spring and Summer1

  2. The path is so much more important than the destination. Love the quotes you put in here.

  3. Wisdom and beauty in this post, bearyweather…

  4. Love this post, Bearyweather. As Kathy wrote, there’s wisdom and beauty here. Interesting how we all have our busy seasons. Spring and summer are often busy for me, whereas winter is my time to relax, have fun, and do things I enjoy. With winter refusing to go away this year, I’m getting plenty of time off (for good behavior?? lol!).

    • Summer when school is out is my time to relax and do the things I enjoy. This will be my first summer not working … my list of “want to do’s” is growing fast … there will not be time for everything.

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