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They who are outside the door
have already a good part
of their journey behind them.

Dutch Proverb


All paths are the same:  they lead nowhere. . . . They are paths going through the bush, or into the bush.  In my own life I could say I have traversed long, long paths but I am not anywhere.  My benefactor's question has meaning now.  Does this path have a heart?  If it does, the path is good; if it doesn't it is of no use.  Both paths lead nowhere; but one has a heart, the other doesn't.  One makes for a joyful journey; as long as you follow it, you are one with it.  The other will make you curse your life.  One makes you strong; the other weakens you.        -Carlos Castaneda

The grand difficulty is to feel the reality of both worlds, so as to give each its due place in our thoughts and feelings, to keep our mind's eye ever fixed on the Land of Promise, without looking away from the road we are to travel towards it.         -Augustus Hare
Though it is but by footsteps ye do it,
And hardships may hinder and stay;
Walk with faith, and be sure you'll get through it;
For "Where there's a will there's a way."

Eliza Cook
If we don't change the direction we're going, we're likely to end up where we're headed.       -Chinese Proverb
The tree which needs two arms to span its girth sprang from the tiniest shoot.  Yon tower, nine stories high, rose from a little mound of earth.   A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.       -Lao-tse


The joy is in the journey.
Don't be in too great a hurry to arrive.
What are you going to do
when you get there?
The moment you arrive,
the game is up!

Leonard Jacobson

Live your life each day as you would climb mountains.  An occasional glance towards the summit puts the goal in mind.  Many beautiful scenes can be observed from each new vantage point. Climb steadily, slowly, enjoy each passing moment; and the view from the summit will serve as a fitting climax to the journey.       -Harold V. Melchert
Find a path or make one.        -Seneca
Life isn't a destination--it's a journey.
We all come upon unexpected curves and turning points,
mountaintops and valleys.  Everything that happens to us
shapes who we are becoming.  And in the adventure of each day,
we discover the best in ourselves.

-from the back of a greeting card
There is no glimpse of the light without walking the path.  You can't get it from anyone else, nor can you give it to anyone.  You can take whatever steps seem easiest for you, and as you take a few steps it will be easier to take a few more.     -Peace Pilgrim
Once we become aware that we are on a journey--that we are all pilgrims--for the first time we can actually begin to cooperate consciously with God in the process.     -M. Scott Peck, The Different Drum
Note that this journey is uniquely yours, no one else's. So the path has to be your own. You cannot imitate somebody else's journey and still be true to yourself. Are you prepared to honor your uniqueness in this way?     -Jon Kabat-Zinn
We may run, walk, stumble, drive, or fly, but let us never lose sight of the reason for the journey, or miss a chance to see a rainbow on the way.     -Gloria Gaither
If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep walking.     -Buddhist saying

The prizes of life are at the end of each journey, not near the beginning; and it is not given to me to know how many steps are necessary in order to reach my goal.  Failure I may still encounter at the thousandth step, yet success hides behind the next bend in the road.  Never will I know how close it lies unless I turn the corner.
    Always I will take another step.  If that is of no avail I will take another and yet another.  In truth, one step at a time is not too difficult.     -Og Mandino, The Greatest Salesman in the World
You are in the driver's seat of your life and can point your life down any road you want to travel.  You can go as fast or as slow as you want to go--and you can change the road you're on at any time.     -Jinger Heath
It may be when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work, and that when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real journey.     -Wendell Berry
The pure in heart will avoid the struggles, detour the tar pits, blind their eyes to the sirens.  The problem is that in avoiding the paths that contain the tar, you may never reach any destination; in avoiding temptation, you remain pure, but irrelevant.  Life is tar pits and sirens.     -Donald A. Norman
What is more beautiful than a road?  It is the symbol and the image of an active, varied life.     -George Sand
The path is difficult because it has not been carved; and it has not been carved because I have not lived before.
-Sally Palain
What happens to us on the journey of life is not nearly as important as how we handle what happens.  Life sometimes takes unexpected twists and turns that can throw us off course for a time.  We may have experienced an unhappy childhood in a broken home or with parents who were alcoholics.  We may have been considered the "black sheep," the one who just never fit in with the others.  Almost anyone can find reasons for not doing as well as he or she thinks they should have.  The key to successful living, however, is to learn from our experiences, good and bad, and go on from there.  If we choose, we can try to move forward and forge the kind of life we desire to live in spite of some of the falls we may have taken.     -John Marks Templeton, Worldwide Laws of Life
Paths in life are sometimes difficult to get a grasp of.  I think that we all often get the idea that life is a journey and that we're traveling on some sort of path to get where we're going, but do we really know what that path is like?  Do we really know if the path that we're on is one of our own choosing, or one that someone else has somehow pushed us down, one way or another?  It's a fascinating question, and one with potentially a very important answer.
    Since we get on most of our paths from other paths originally, perhaps the best thing that we can do for ourselves is to ask, "How did I get on the path I'm on?  Did I choose to take this path, or did someone or something else push me onto it?"     -tom walsh

Our Journey   

The truth is that as our real power grows and our knowledge widens, ever the way we can follow grows narrower; until at last we choose nothing, but do only and wholly what we must do.     -Ursula K. LeGuin
Find your true path.  It's so easy to become someone we don't want to be, without even realizing it's happening.  We are created by the choices we make every day.  And if we take action in order to please some authority figure, we'll suddenly wake up down the road and say, "This isn't me.  I never wanted to be this person."        -Bernie Siegel
The journey through life has many valleys that we can't just skip over, and also many mountains to climb that we can't just jump over.  It is also true that we need the space and the freedom to make our own mistakes. Trial and error seem to be the only way we can learn and grow.  Life is first and foremost a process.  And this process is a zig-zag process at that.        -John Powell

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