Hindsight is 20-20, right? He who hesitates is lost. Everything happens for a reason. If only, then I will… Too many cliches. We often wish for ‘things’ to be different and when the serendipitous moment arrives we are paralyzed by the reality of it. Although we may not recognize it at the time or take full advantage of it, if we try to become more aware then we can at least practice using it to our advantage. Eventually it will be come second nature, a habit developed and we will begin to live life more fully.
If we continue to hesitate, to wait for the right moment, what are we missing out on? Our path through life is seldom straight and each choice we make alters our course. It may or may not change the ultimate destination, but it changes how we arrive. Meandering down the road of life looking for directional signs have a time and place in our lives, it gets us where we need to go. However, when I think back to my recent trip to Paris, one of the greatest joys I experienced, was walking through the city with no plan in mind. I could—and did, turn down any street that beckoned me. Did the cobbled alleyways alter my path in any profound way? Not that I can see—yet. Did the freedom alter my perception of making choices? Without a doubt.
I have a little stone sign on my desk that reads; “May the road always lead you where you need to be.” It is meaningful to me on several levels and I believe that it will. We may wish we were somewhere else, doing something else, but wishing does not make it so. It is only when we listen to the small voice inside of us, the one that speaks from our true self, that our choices will lead us where we need to be.