life

life doesn’t always lead where you wanted

simply stephen / February 22, 2011

Life doesn’t always lead where you wanted.

But it sure does take you to some pretty cool places. Sometimes not the greatest places, I admit. That helps you build character and develop your skills. What a fantastic opportunity!

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I –

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

~ Robert Frost

Gaining virtues and strengths helps you in life. Picking a path that is worn may give you comfort. It might be easier. It may even help you create a stable and prosperous existence.

is that what you want to do?

Exist.

Shouldn’t you want more? We all envy the person that has succeeded. We say “boy, I wish I had done that” or “I’m not capable of doing that, I have other responsibilities” a plethora of statements. Living vicariously through other’s isn’t the answer.

We make excuses. I’ve heard them all. I’ve used many of them.

Do you think a person of stature, or one that is happy has just stood still and done the same thing for 40, 60, 80 years? Nope.

They journeyed.

They explored.

They worked.

They ventured.

They provoked.

They risked.

They experimented.

They followed the road where it took them...often deliberately to see what was on the other side.

When it leads you down a road you didn’t want to go, you might get lost. It’s harder on that road if you have spent your life doing the same thing over and over. It’s apathetic. It doesn’t help you grow and learn. Only by embracing change and taking a new journey will you, without a doubt, encounter things that will assist you in your ability to cope.

Adaption is key.

Forward motion.

Those experiences in life will help you build virtues. Those virtues make you strong. The variety and breadth will help you grow. And that is where wisdom come from. Someone in a shell is not likely to have much of it.

You will have stories. Make friends. See things…some of them amazing. That’s a wealth worth having.

It will feed and motivate you forever.

Go down the road less traveled and you will never look back. Even if it’s just a small detour every once in a while. See what’s out there. Learn and grow. Give yourself a foundation that helps you cope with life’s greatest obstacles.

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