Where do you find your path?
This can be a daunting question. Finding the path you want to walk is a matter of necessity.
No two paths are the same. Similar in some respects, but not the same. For example, it is my personal goal to become a bestselling author. While there are lots of bestselling authors out there, each of us will traverse different paths to that goal.
Knowing my path, where did I find it? The simple answer is that I have found it in joy. When I get the most lost in what I am doing, and I am happiest, that is where I found my path.
There are several universal means to finding the where of your own paths. As such, where you find your path, different though it may be, originates from the same point.
Where do you feel most joyful?
This is the first question. What do you do that brings you the most joy? What makes you feel the happiest? It is there you can find your path.
For me, there are two particular things that bring me absolutely tremendous joy. Fencing and writing. Whenever I get the chance to attend a fencing practice or weekend event, I fight with all the energy I can muster. I absolutely love the game, love the feeling of swords in my hands, the difference in choice of weapons. Learning a new move, or employing something unusual is exciting. The joy I feel from the game moves me.
Writing is how I best express myself. I can wrestle words into submission in any form I choose. I love writing sci-fi and fantasy, but I also absolutely love writing my blog. Sharing my thoughts on Positivity and Pathwalking and Crossing the Bridges makes me unbelievably happy. It feels good to reach out to and support other people striving to live their fullest lives.
Even writing brochures and advertisements and web content is still fun for me. Where mathematical equations frustrate me, creating with words to me is almost as easy as breathing.
Thoughts, feelings, and actions.
Everything begins in thought. Every invention, every manmade notion began in thought. You wouldn’t even have a path to consider traveling without a thought. So the thought is the beginning.
To turn the thought into a thing, you have to feel it. Feeling what it would be like to have your thought made manifest is important. You need to power your thought with emotion, or you won’t create much of anything. Feeling drives the thought into being.
From the thought, to the feeling, you move to intentional action. Taking a step based on the feeling from the thought is where you begin your Pathwalking. So you find your path in the thought, the feeling points you in the right direction, and the intentional actions you take move you along it.
We choose to walk our own paths because we want to control our own destinies. There will always be new paths to walk, because life, the Universe, and everything changes. While this can be somewhat daunting, it’s also pretty exciting.
Where do you lose track of time?
I have a friend I have been fencing with for quite some time now. He and I will frequently fight at practice for a ludicrous amount of time. Multiple passes, each of us attacking and defending, and on more than one occasion we’ve only stopped because we realized we had been at it for some time. We’ve been known to go anywhere from thirty to forty-five minutes. When each bout on average lasts less than a minute, this equates to a whole lot of fighting.
It is the joy of the game that makes us lose track of time. Our bodies get tired, we perspire a whole lot, but we are having so much fun that we just don’t notice the time pass. It is that feeling that will tell you where your path can be found.
Writing works the same for me. Often, when I get going on a story or editing, I will completely lose track of time. I won’t stop for anything because I am excited to get the idea out of my head and onto the page. The words flow through me, and I have to put them out there.
Sometimes I will go back and read something I wrote, and I was so caught up in the moment that it’s almost unfamiliar. Losing yourself to joy is a sure sign you’ve found your path.
Beware of outside influences “accepting” you.
I don’t know about you, but I have been told more than once that work is not supposed to be fun. Work is something you do because you need to earn money. You take the best paying job with the most benefits you can get, and you do it because that’s what society expects of you. Do your job, earn your pay, take your joy in the little things but suck-it-up, because that’s how it works.
I have a very hard time accepting this notion. Why? Most adults in our society spend from six to twelve hours, a third to half of their time awake, every day, at work. If your job bores you, leaves you dissatisfied, or worse stresses you out completely, is it worth it? Is money and benefits but spending most of the day somewhere you are not joyful worthwhile?
We are only in this life for a limited time. To spend the majority of that time unhappy is utterly illogical. Yet we readily accept the notion that to participate in our society, we have to suck-it-up and do the job. Take that commute, work for and with people you’d rather not spend time with, earn the money. That is how we gain acceptance from society at large.
Find your path, find your joy, live huge.
This is why I have chosen to Pathwalk. I don’t want to spend the precious time I am on this planet, in this body, unhappy. Living the fullest life I possibly can is what I desire, and I want to manifest awesome things and contribute what I can to the world at large. I want to live in joy, and I want to choose for myself what that means.
Consciousness creates reality, and I want to create the best reality I can.
Do you know where you will find your paths?
This is the two-hundred eighty-eighth entry in my series. These weekly posts are ideas for and my personal experiences with walking along the path of life. I share this journey as part of my desire to make a difference in this world along the way.
Thank you for joining me. Feel free to re-blog and share.
The first year of Pathwalking, including some expanded ideas, is available here.
If you enjoy Pathwalking, you may also want to read my Five Easy Steps to Change the World for the Better.