are outside the door
a good part
of their journey behind them.
All paths are
the same: they lead nowhere. . . . They are paths going through the
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
curse your life. One makes you strong; the other weakens you.
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.
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."
don't change the direction we're going,
we're likely to end up where we're headed.
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
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!
your life each day as you would climb mountains. An occasional
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
Find a path or make
Life isn't a
destination--it's a journey.
We all come upon unexpected curves and
mountaintops and valleys. Everything that happens to
shapes who we are becoming. And in the adventure of each day,
discover the best in ourselves.
-from the back of a
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
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
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
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
are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep
walking. -Buddhist saying
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.
Mandino, The Greatest Salesman in the World
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
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
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
is more beautiful than a road? It is the symbol and the
image of an active, varied life. -George
path is difficult because it has not been carved; and it has not
been carved because I have not lived
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
Marks Templeton, Worldwide Laws of Life
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
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
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
someone we don't want
without even realizing it's
are created by
the choices we make every day. And if we take action
to please some authority figure,
we'll suddenly wake up
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
mountains to climb that we can't
just jump over. It is also true that we
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.
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