We are standing at the crossroads of chaos. Looking back the way we have come, we see our successes, our failures, lost loves, broken dreams, mistreatment by others, all that our life holds up until now.
We peer down the road directly in front of us, trying to see through the fog of what is yet to be. Will our life continue to bring more of what we have already lived, or will it be different? If we stay on the same path, we can be assured that it will be much the same as it has been.
We turn to look down the right-hand road. Maybe this road will take us to where we want to go, to a long-forgotten dream or a new love interest. There are people, barely within our vision, beckoning to us, ‘Come this way. We will show you how we well we are doing if you walk down this road. We know the way and we will teach you how to be successful on this road.”
We are not convinced by their assurances of success. We have followed people before who said their way was the only way to success, to wealth, to freedom, to love and happiness, if we only conform to their way of living. We have tried to walk this path before, and we lost ourselves in the commonality of everyone trying to walk the same road at the same time.
We turn to face the left-hand road. There is no one to be seen. We can feel the energy of their passing, though, the joy they felt once their feet turned down this road. We feel the freedom that lies beyond our sight. We sense that this left-hand path still holds lessons to master and personal growth ahead of us. But we sense something new, something we have not experienced yet.
The left-hand road will take us back to ourselves, to the person we were meant to be before well-meaning teachers, parents, friends, lovers or other advisors sent us down the path that they chose for us. We look for signs of personal satisfaction, of the joy that comes from working at something we love. We seek to discover who we are as we stand at the crossroads. We wonder if the part of us we are looking for is waiting for us.
We take one more look down the other paths. The future that exists if we choose one of them does not lead us to the freedom we crave. We want our life, the life we came here to live. The carbon-copy life of others has no interest for us any longer. We want the freedom of the open-road life that we innately know will lead us back to ourself.
As we begin to walk down the left-hand road, we feel an excitement growing within us. We are ready for this journey and embrace it willingly as we leave all that we have been behind us. This road isn’t the easy way of conformity. It is the road that will challenge us to be more than we have been.
It is the way of the seeker who knows what they need to do and are finally willing to do whatever it takes to find their personal version of success. For the most part, it is a solitary journey. There are few who walk this road, mostly out of fear of the unknown. Yet, the unknown calls to those who are willing to embrace their fears and turn them into the courage it takes to walk a higher path.
The journey up the mountain that is on this road is not easy, but once the climb up the mountain has been overcome, the view is amazing. And there are people at the top who have also managed to work through the challenges on this road. They welcome us with open arms as they understand what we went through to get to the top. We are home in the comfort of our own self, individual but not separate from the others. Shared experiences bring forth connection, a new way to live and grow and succeed.
We now know why we had to take this left-hand road. We join the tribe of those who came before us, who guided us through the darkness of our journey to return to the light. We are now the light of encouragement to those few who choose to climb the mountain, to the freedom that exists within all hearts, to the freedom to be who we truly came here to be.
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