Have you ever spontaneously boarded a shiny railroad car (encouraged by people yelling “come on, join us, it’s going to be fun!”), thinking, “this will be a great adventure” only to learn, too late, that the final destination isn’t anywhere near where you thought you’d end up?
When that happens, you have choices:
1. jump off at the next stop—you’ve lost some time and money but you can get “home” (to your comfort zone) pretty quickly
2. ride to the final terminal, then immediately figure out how to get back to where you started—at least you got a much-needed change of scenery
3. get off at the last station and decide not to go back but to move forward and, if necessary, turn adversity into advantage
We don’t really know all of our limits, do we?
As we (ideally) evolve, we are continually exposed to more. We’re bombarded by constant change. If we try to stop the process, we fail. If we choose to dig our heels in—letting nothing new permeate into our beings—we get stuck. Our heels will eventually have us lying on the ground.
We won’t have practiced “turning adversity into advantage”, or being agents of change. Instead, it will be as if we put on blinders to protect ourselves from seeing all that still needs to be done; all the stuff that’s impacting our world. It will be as if we’ve just given up.
it’s not a game
we’re all the same
it’s all just talk
let’s do the walk
each way, it’s gone
words used as pawns
we can repair
if we’re still there
we can disrupt
let’s not give up
Life is happening all around us. Right now. Big things are taking center stage. Little things are getting lost. We can’t always know which is more important…the enormous “in your face” issues or the small, seemingly insignificant minutiae invisible in the chaos.
We will choose the wrong paths sometimes. We will make mistakes and listen to the screaming gongs of our consumeristic, “this is all about you” world over the true voices of our hearts. We will fall and get stuck and, perhaps, put the welfare of others, behind the aspirations of self. We will hear the whistle of worry calling to us. After all, we are only human.
But, (and this is big) we can figure out what our personal truths are and what marks we want to leave on this earth. We can strive to move forward; to be those agents of change. We can choose to live into our best selves; to live with intention and seek peace. We can lift up our fellow travelers. We can be God with skin, seekers of truth and bearers of light, no matter which words we choose or which train we ride. And, so, the journey chugs along.