November 28
  What is the use of going
over the old tracks again?
You must make tracks
into the unknown.

Henry David Thoreau


Today's Meditation:

We see words like this over and over again in the course of our lives, yet how many of us truly take them to heart and set our sights down roads that haven't yet been traveled?  How many of us take an honest look at who we are and what we're best suited for, and then make a decision to try something new and different, something that not many others have attempted?

Many of us prefer safety to fulfillment.  We take jobs that are well defined for us, so that we don't have to take the work to any sort of "next" level.  We keep our relationships limited to those who are like us in many ways.  These aren't necessarily bad traits, but when we ask ourselves if they allow us to spread our wings and fly in new directions, the answer most certainly has to be "no."

The unknown is inviting, but it's scary.  If someone else has paved a way for us, then doesn't it make much more sense to stay on the pavement so that we don't get lost, or step in the mud, or get stuck with a thorn or three?  It does make sense if we want to stay safe, and if we want our kids to see parents who aren't willing to take risks and follow their hearts.

Thoreau is talking about blazing trails--what if you were to blaze a trail that someone else could follow and learn on?  Then your contribution to the world would be ever expanding, as more and more people follow that trail--and they will, because they prefer to stay safe, unlike you, and you've provided them with a safe trail to follow, now that you've taken the risks and enriched your life.

Questions to consider:

What's the most frightening aspect of taking off in unexplored directions?

Why do we tend to stay on the trails that already have been blazed?

What kinds of opportunities do you have to blaze new trails in your life today.  They're there--but where?

For further thought:

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost


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