Crossroads & Winding Paths


One of the reasons I journal is to help me make decisions. This is useful when I have a few choices to make and they all are possible and positive options. I feel like I was meant to do so many things in my life, and I often wonder what my life would be like if I stuck to one plan, one choice, one path. Maybe I would have done more in that area, like writing many more books or being a teacher, but I am often called in many directions.

When I look at the photo above, it reminds me that I have many paths that lead to my purpose as long as they don’t take me too far out of the way. And it’s hard to know which was is the correct or best one for me right now. The path toward the sun looks lovely, toward the mountain appears challenging, and the road to the left is certainly unknown. Then I have all these signs pointing in all directions, but not really giving me guidance.

JanineBike-0005When riding a motorcycle, it’s important to not only look directly ahead of where I’m riding, but also as far as I can see. In order to anticipate my actions, I must have all the information, and I need to give myself time to absorb any challenges or obstacles in the way. Even though the road looks like it’s heading straight, I don’t know what will be over the next hill.

Photo by Elizabeth Fox Photography
But as long as I keep my eyes open, I can see what is coming toward me and be prepared.

This is like the crossroads and winding paths that my life is always on. I’m currently at a crossroads in my life, and no matter which path I choose, other people may not be happy with it. But if there is one lesson I have learned in life, I have to listen to my gut, my intuition that keeps my on my path. In addition, I have to know my path.

I have worked long and hard in my life through a great deal of self-inquiry and journaling to know what my purpose is on this earth.

I’d like to help you do the same.

Make a list of what you are passionate about, what you love to do. Don’t worry about whether you can get paid for it. This is something that when you do it, nothing else matters, and you feel a deep sense of joy in your mind, body, and spirit. These are activities that you feel lost without.

Now write down what you value, is important to you, and matters the most in your life. With at least five or more words describe what you love about yourself. What are your positive characteristics?

Let this sit and stop back to continue the roadmap to your purpose.

If you’d like a hands-on workshop for this, check out my website for local events.