“Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling.” Margaret Lee Runback
This is a post of mine from 2012. I decided to re-post it as a reminder to myself and others to enjoy the journey and embrace the unknown. Blessings along the path, Brad
This could be a bumpy ride. We are traveling the land of the soul where mystery abounds. We may find gold, beauty, joy or we may find dirt, darkness, and fear. The difference is often born of our choices. Thus begins our journey into the unknown.
Recently, I’ve been feeling stuck, not knowing my life’s work or purpose. This has been an ongoing quest for almost 40 years. I’m usually amazed and envious of anyone who knows what they want to do with their life. This question of purpose has been an unknown and seemingly unknowable thing.
I’m understanding that my attachment to knowing is part of the problem, creating a resistance to what is. I demand answers of myself, God, friends, or anyone who will listen. This morning I realized the first step must be acceptance of myself and the not knowing. Thankfully, I practiced compassionate self-dialogue, helping to shift my state of being. One of my recurring lessons is acceptance. I’m learning to accept all of myself; the easy to love aspects, as well as the aspects that I judge wrong, bad, or unloveable.
I’ve decided to transform this journey into the unknown. Instead of an anxious, forced pushing for answers, I’m choosing to be more open and curious about unfolding my life’s path. My path is now one of discovery, where I treasure each step, each discovery, and even the mystery itself.
Life can become a grand treasure hunt. We may find gold, dirt, or something entirely new. We don’t always know the answers to our questions. I’m learning to embrace the unknown. Let’s switch from a deadly serious hunt for THE answer, to a playful and mysterious journey into the unknown, where each day brings new and exciting adventures.
Choice is one of our greatest powers, but we must claim it by accepting the responsibility. Most of us consider responsibility to be a heavy burden, but what if it’s simply the ability to respond. We can choose how we respond to life with as much love, care, and wisdom as possible. When we fall, it’s no big deal. We say oops, get up, and try something new. The journey continues. We must be willing to take the steps, to fall, to get up, and to keep going. I believe the discontent we feel is the divine asking us to get up and keep moving, growing with life.
Onward we go on this journey of life, filled with beautiful mysteries and wonders to behold. All we need are the fresh eyes of a child. Letting go of our attachment to good and bad, life can bring us what is truly best. Then, we can begin to enjoy the ride as we journey into the unknown.