Most of us at some point probably envisioned our lives unfolding like a well defined road. And while we didn’t dare dream that we could never run into issues (traffic jams, engine problems, a flat tire, running out of gas…) we likely believed that the general route would basically stay the same.
And then the trip begins..
and we quickly come to realize that our journeys are a bit more like scavenger hunts than speeding down Interstate 95. Not only are we not always 100% sure of where we’re headed, but progressing down the winding path is completely contingent upon decoding and acting upon the ‘clues’ we pick up at the stops (and blocks) along the way.
Yes, it can be slow and frustrating at times, but as we puzzle over decisions, consider our options and study our maps, we tap into a trove of hidden strengths: resourcefulness, resiliency, creativity, openness, adaptability, courage, patience and yes, a healthy dependency on that which is outside of ourselves..our friends, our family and God.
Life really is a treasure hunt, but the treasure isn’t simply some great reward that we finally reach at some future point..NO!
The lasting and meaningful treasures are the personal attributes we develop along the way.