Staying the Course
I met with a friend today. Instinctively when I sat down, I could feel the heaviness in her heart. I knew. She was where I was not so very long ago— anxiety, questioning where to go, uneasiness of going back and forth of outcomes, and ultimately breaking down. Thoughts of continue trudging up the dark valley, praying and trusting there is light at the end of the tunnel or risking it all to hitch a ride to see the full picturesque view on the other side of the mountain?
Our conversation got me to really start thinking. How did we ever get caught up in making the RIGHT decision? How did we get to the point that the next step will forever change the course of fate? Since when does one decision impact the overall goal?
It doesn’t. Our lives are made up of many small, although momentous decisions that compound and make a large overall outcome. One small detour isn’t going to blow the whole thing.
The beautiful truth is that there are many paths that lead us to our destination. Each of those paths has their own road construction, unique curves, newly paved sections, epic drop-offs, and forks ahead. And yet, all of those paths ultimately lead us to our Divine destination—and we are ultimately wiser for the path we chose.
So why do we get so caught up in making the right decision?
I believe it’s because we tend to get lost in our own thoughts and actually think that we have control in the outcome. The funny thing is, God knew all along where you would end up. When we try so hard to control the coordinates of the GPS, we tend to forget the beauty in the journey because we are so caught up with staying on course.
What is the worst that could happen? We will either risk and grow or stay and mature. Either way, we learn from the experience and will be stronger from it.
How to navigate your internal GPS:
– Quiet your mind and start listening with your heart. All the chatter you’re listening to isn’t your heart (or God) talking.
– Feel in your body which direction your intuition is guiding you. Your gut instinct is a real thing.
– Check your batteries, do they need to be recharged? A new scenery or fresh perspective might do the trick.
– Stop and stretch. When your mind has been running for so long, a good prayer and meditation session can do wonders.
Stay the course, whichever route you take in your GPS. Life is about enjoying the journey, not how quick you get there. Navigating the detours and unexpected breakdowns are minuscule in comparison from the most beautiful of views of arriving at your destination.