Take a Wide Road

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There are two types of roads: narrow and wide. The narrow road assumes that your journey will require little sideways movement or much movement at all other than straight ahead. A narrow road is fine for that, getting a person from point A to point B. We all want the fast way to our envisioned goal. No deviations, just straight onward.

That’s fine for our ambitions but reality is not likely to give us anything like a narrow and straight road. Most people’s paths are filled with deviations from the straight line. Frequently, we must zig and zag and move backwards before we complete even the shortest and simplest journeys.

That’s the reality. If we demand a narrow path, any movement other than forward will be seen as a failure. It doesn’t take many failures to crush spirit, inspiration, and hope. A narrow path is just not realistic.

Instead, expect to follow a wide path. A wide path recognizes and leaves room for sideways and backward movement on the way to a goal. If the path is the right size in our minds and our hearts, we can take retreats and horizontal movement in stride. Such movements will be seen as part of our journey.

Do:
Find a good road map to where you want to go.

Don’t:
Force yourself and your reality to fit that road map.
Don’t take deviations as crushers of your spirit or conclusions of your journey.

Do:
Hold your road-map loosely and use it as a general indicator of which way to go.
Be flexible. Be willing to move around obstacles in whatever direction (sideways, backwards, or forwards)as needed. Your goal may seem more distant at these times but it is still there. Navigate life’s inevitable obstacles and soon you will get a better look at it.

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