Monday, December 04, 2006

Choosing Your Path

Last night, I settled into my bed with my rice paper light on above me. I had decided to start a book by Maya Angelou called, "Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now." Hooked by the first few pages, I stayed up until the tender hours of the morning to finish it. Seldom do I read a book cover to cover in one sitting, but this one was filled with so much wisdom, I couldn't put it down. I'd like to share a little piece of Maya Angelou's voice with you today in hopes that you, too, absorb this powerful message.

"Each of us has the right and the responsibility to assess the roads which lie ahead, and those over which we have traveled, and if the future road looms ominous or unpromising, and the roads back uninviting, then we need to gather our resolve and, carrying only the necessary baggage, step off that road into another direction. If the new choice is also unpalatable, without embarrassment, we must be ready to change that as well."
Maya Angelou, "Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now," page 24

What do your roads look like? Are you proud of the ones you have chosen, which have delivered you to the location you are at now? Are you excited about the direction the one in front of you leads? Do you need to step off the path you are on to create your own?

Every once in a while, we clearly see the position we are in and can take into full account the scenery around us. If we are content with that place, it can be a very satisfying moment. If the environment we are in makes us anxious or angry, it is then that we need to shift directions and move against the wind. We should enjoy the journey.

Enjoy your path today,
Coach Katie

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