is a fascinating thought that makes me stop and think
deeply every time I see it. Just how much of the
life I'm leading now is the result of my attempts to
"forge" the life I want, versus allowing life to
push me in certain directions that would be the best for
me as a spiritual being who is having a human
experience? If my focus is on building up my bank
account, then my desire to be an artist will slip aside
and I'll never lead the life of an artist. If I put
all my effort into climbing the corporate ladder, then
I'll never travel and learn about other people, cultures,
and ways of life.
interesting to see that most of us "plan" lives
that follow socially acceptable definitions of
success--money in the bank, a home and a mortgage, the
admiration of friends and colleagues and business
partners, diplomas and certificates on the walls.
Interestingly enough, though, the times in my life when
I've been working in motels have been more important to my
growth as a human being than the time that I've spent
getting my doctorate or even "using" that
doctorate. I've learned more about myself in a
service industry than in a professional position.
And while professional growth is very important, so is
spiritual growth--and I think that most of us would agree
that the latter probably has more of an eternal element to
like to think that the life awaiting me has fulfillment
that I can't even imagine--and if I can't imagine it, then
how can I plan for it? I try to keep myself open to
life and to God and to the fact that the road I'm on will
have twists and turns and forks, and I hope that I'm able
to let life lead me, rather than trying to control my life
based on ideas and ideals that I'll soon outgrow, anyway.