Monday, January 21, 2008

Walking The Path

I took a journey today....

....one that I've planned on doing many times before....
...but just 'never made the effort to do it'. It was always one of those things of 'I should do that sometime.' ... and never did... until today.

When I started, I thought I knew the way. It's the riparian area of my town, and as many times as I've seen it as I go by or visit the neighboring library, I soon realized that the direction that I thought the path I was on would go, it didn't. When I thought I should go this way, the path I was on went the other way. So I followed it...not knowing where I was going.

There were times that I was surrounded by 8 ft. walls of brush and bramble and trees. Not able to see to the sides...only straight ahead.


Other times I was able to see through a break...and take in a different view.




While I knew where I was in general, the view and details were new to me. I hadn't been this way before. I wasn't sure what would meet me around the bend up ahead or what I might find.

But every once in a while, a familiar anchor would greet me...letting me know that I was on the right path. Signs would steer me in the right direction - if I heeded them, that is.



Along the way, friends would meet me... almost cheering me on!

And every so often, tokens of love and care.... left by those before me...



A time or two some told me what they thought of my journey...

perhaps a warning...to stay on my path...
or some advice....
or both!


...and if I grew weary, there was always a place to rest...reflect...renew....for the rest of the journey ahead....



I couldn't help but notice the footprints of those who had gone before me.
As I walked this path, with more of it behind me as opposed before me, it became evident for me to keep my focus ahead....to look to the future... to see what the universe has in store for me...
Soon, my starting point came into view....
and I realized that I had completed a new journey.... and that I was a wealthier soul for it....
Funny how walks imitate life.

7 comments:

Chickenbells said...

That journey is a perfect imitation of life...only a little shorter right? I mean...you made it out of that one alive right? It looks like a beautiful day, and I love that you took the time to notice everything around you...and can check another wonderful thing of your "should do" list...the fun thing is...you can do it again!!

Nonnie said...

so very sweet! and so true.....3 of my girls and their little ones enjoyed that very place also today....i'll have to ask how their "journey" was....so glad you had an uplifting day.

Jill said...

Your photos are wonderful... such beautiful sights!

Jane said...

What a great way to spend your day off! I loved your journed that you took. And YAY for working on your goal... keep taking your vitamins and keep walking. :)

I should join you on one of your walks one of these days.

http://afancifultwist.typepad.com said...

I am into this too! Right there with you.. Noticing little things... Footprints.... Enriching the soul!! xo

Simplicity Wins said...

Sounds like a perfect day to be out with nature. I am glad you did that. I love going on unexpected journey's, they are so much fun.

Anonymous said...

You never cease to amaze me with your words... I don't know how you do it. You seem to take an ordinary thing and turn it into something that makes me think differently. Thank you for sharing your journey.