Your Life’s Path
One wise king said, ” l have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all.”
Indeed, time and chance happen to all humankind! A time to be enjoying the warmth and carefree life in the mother’s womb. After that, on that special birthday, your loved ones joyfully welcome you into the world outside the warm and cozy familiar mother’s womb. This bundle of joy then spends more than 80% of the time in this unfamiliar world sleeping. Before long, the desire to explore the world around you kicks in.
As days and nights pass by, the kindergarten gates open for you, toddler life rolls in. The joys of learning the alphabet, making new friends, daily exploring your world, first day of school, high school, adolescent years, and tertiary education adventures and worries soon roll in. The seasons of the years never stop rotating.
The time comes to enjoy the warmth of summer, and it’s raining. But, when used wisely, this time produces enough food to sustain the nations in the dry seasons.
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The falling leaves in autumn, coupled with the windy weather, remind us that there is a world beyond what our naked eyes can see. A world of myriads of angels all around us. They incessantly guide and protect us, but they remain unseen to the naked eye just like the autumn wind.
The time for winter comes. This season truly helps us appreciate small things. Small things like blankets that keep us warm in that cold. We get time to enjoy a cup of hot coffee indoors while connecting with friends and family. Imagine looking back at the cycles of winter in your life and realizing the kindness you shared with the community around you.
Those clothes and blankets you donated to the freezing street family. That dinner, you invited the lonely churchmate you met who lost his family. When embraced with thanksgiving, we begin to notice the vast opportunities this season poses to all of us to be a light to one another.
Before long, spring knocks and reminds us of new growth. The blossoming flowers and plants remind us of new opportunities we have throughout the cycle of our life. Yet, the most precious stones are made from intense pressure. Think about how diamonds are made. Through this example, we learn how our lives ‘ pressures are necessary to help us evolve into becoming the best versions of ourselves.
Almost everyone goes through a phase of frustrating lack, even for basic needs. Not having a house, renting from place to place, and finding your belongings kicked out by the landowner because you couldn’t pay rent. That, too, passes away in time. We learn through those experiences better ways of adapting to this busy life. We spend years as employees before we learn how to be employers or find better job opportunities. We have those days of sleeping on an empty stomach.
Wearing the same clothes repeatedly because you cannot afford washing powder or a new set of clothes.
Your life’s path
How do you want your life to be? This is a question that everyone asks themselves at some point in their lives. Some people already have a clear idea of what they want while others are still trying to figure it out. The important thing is that you start thinking about it and take the first steps in the direction you want to go.
Your life’s path is not set in stone. It’s a series of choices that you make along the way. You can’t just sit back and let life take care of itself. You have to be the one who moves forward, taking advantage of every opportunity that comes your way.
We also pass through the phase in which one would not have the people skills to maintain positive interactions. We live that part of our lives dreading to even show up at the workplace or even spend time with people in general. It feels like every day, everywhere, is a battlefield.
Moreover, it is improbable that anyone ever escapes the pain of heartbreaks from loved ones. However, that too passes away. Through embracing such experiences, we learn to grow. We open our minds to new ways of thinking. Thankfully in our times today, it’s so easy to access knowledge on how to overcome all sorts of challenges in our life’s cycle.
Do not wait to celebrate your existence “When l grow up.” Once you get there, you will realize that that phase has its own set of challenges. Make every part of your life cycle meaningful and worthwhile. Gratitude is always the key.
We can even learn such simple lessons of embracing our life’s path cycles from a tiny insect called a caterpillar. “For a small egg of an insect to become a mature insect (adult insect), the small egg hatches and becomes a small bug (larva). When it grows, it builds a house (cocoon) and remains inside as a pupa.
To become a butterfly (a mature insect) and fly out of there, it must go through multiple stages of change. Such a process is needed to accomplish that goal. Humans must go through even more twists and turns than a small egg of an insect becoming a butterfly, and we must change to attain wholeness.” -By Man Hee Lee. World Peace Advocate.
Your life’s path
Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Smile and embrace the cycles of your life. The time is now. The chance is now. Every part of that cycle has treasures of its own only a grateful heart can unpack, thus embrace, embrace each day, each stage, and one day you will look back and say, “Wow, what a beautiful life l chose to live.”
We can do it. Let’s make each cycle of your life’s path pleasantly memorable and worth living for, there is no better time to begin than NOW:)