Once in a very great while, your path will need to be set aside for that of another.
I know that I am constantly writing about how, to consciously create reality, we have to choose for ourselves. This is always true. But every now and then our own path is not as important as the path of another.
How does that work? We all have people in our lives who are important to us. They are loved ones, close friends, people we care about who we will take actions to help when needed. Because we are human beings, and we are social animals, this means that occasionally we may find our own path shunted off to a side for theirs.
This is the kind of thing that will happen in very specific circumstances. We need to care for someone who is ill. There is a move happening, and either we are going along or assisting with completing that. Something has happened to our loved one that requires our support, and that cannot be ignored or neglected.
This is why Pathwalking is not a selfish act. Because while each and every one of us has our own paths to choose, we seldom are completely alone in this life. There will be times that our own paths take a back seat to reality.
The important thing to know about this is that the path is not being abandoned. Rather, we are placing it further back in our agenda of activities we partake of day to day. Instead of the paths we walk being the primary activity in our life, they are relegated to secondary or even tertiary, depending on the situation.
No path is greater than any other.
My path is not yours. Nobody can choose the path of another, unless you cede the choice away. Most importantly of all, nobody’s path is greater than anyone else’s. What this comes down to is that every path anybody can walk is equally important to any other.
I am walking a path towards becoming a more influential and financially prosperous writer. That’s probably not yours. Maybe your path is to create a household of love and joy. Perhaps it is to be the best at the job you do. Yours could be to travel to a specific exotic locale. It’s entirely possible your path is to complete your daily to-do list.
No matter how seemingly grand or miniscule the path is, it’s not more or less important than any other. Paths differ because people differ. I am not you, you are not me, and so on. Because that’s the case, this is where I at least see proof that we live in an abundant universe.
There are more than seven billion people on this planet alone. There may be similarities amongst our desires, but how they feel to us, what it takes to achieve them, and the why likely differs dramatically.
It’s for this reason that, while we certainly cannot alter anyone else’s path unless they let us, we can still influence them. When someone sees you do good, or succeed at a similar goal to their own, they can be encouraged or discouraged by that. You may not even intend to have an influence, but since nobody can feel emotions like anyone else, this is outside of all control.
This is why we sometimes set our own path aside to help someone else on theirs.
There are a couple of important things to keep in mind if this occurs.
There needs to be no bitterness, hostility, anger, upset, or negativity about setting your own path aside. If you make this choice but feel badly about it, then chances are you will resent the person whom you are setting yours aside for.
Perfect example. This particular Pathwalk has appeared later in the day than I normally post. Why? Because it was more important that I help someone I love with a path they must walk. I am in no way upset about this, it was more important to be there for my loved one than to do what I felt that I needed to do. I set aside mine for a bit, but now I am returning to it.
This is the other major thing about this process. While it is a good thing to be there for those we love and to set our own paths aside for a time to do that, it is important that we do not forget those we desire. I am not advocating allowing loved ones to suffer or be in distress, but it’s important that you not neglect your own path.
This is why it’s key to set aside your path out of love, and with the intent to return to it. It should not be for long, unless it happens that you need to change it anyhow.
No one is on a path completely alone.
Because we have people in our lives that matter to us, we’re never truly walking a given path alone. From time to time we will walk along the path of another without having to set our own aside. But there are also times where ours takes a backseat. This is part of regular human interaction, and how we help our loved ones with the paths they are walking.
Have you had to set your path aside from a loved one?
This is the three-hundred-fifth 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.
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