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Don't Follow In My Footsteps


Don't follow in my footsteps, it's been a long and crooked path.  I wouldn't recommend my journey to anyone.  I did it all the hard way, and have paid many times for choices I made long ago.  Still, I don't regret them, they have made me who I am. My journey has, in the end, led me to the place I was meant to be,  but I advise you to do it differently...

Focus on the dreams written in your heart, let no one and nothing deter them. Make good choices, think it through rather than relying solely on impulse or emotion, although they have their rightful place is the equation too.  Work hard, don't give up easily, don't be afraid to try something new. Just because no one else has done it that way or taken that path doesn't mean that it isn't right for you.

What are your values?  What do you want to gain, and what do you want to give back?   Ask yourself  not only what you want to accomplish, but also what kind of a person you want to be, and what you want to be remembered by when you leave this world.

Take your time, don't rush too fast toward to finish line, only to find that you missed amazing pit stops and encounters along the way.  Learn from your mistakes, then let them go, don't carry defeat as extra baggage.  Lighten your load, live in the moment; make time to laugh and love, and learn all that you can.

Don't follow in my footsteps, or the footsteps of anyone who went before you;  listen to the wisdom of experience, then undertake a journey that is all your own.  You are here to fulfill your own unique purpose, and to use gifts given only to you.  Listen to the inner voice of your spirit and follow where it leads.  Let your life be a reflection of God's love.
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16 comments:

  1. Beautiful post. Impeccably timed for me to read. I think that, so many times, people fall into the trap of going a certain way or doing a certain thing in their life because 'it's always been done that way' or it is what others have expected. I wonder how many great discoveries or works of art or prize novels have gone unrealized because someone missed it from following another's directive in their life.

    Great post.

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    1. I'm glad you found something meaningful in what I wrote, Carrie. I think we all fall into the trap of being timid about going off on our own path, and living life differently than the expected norm... and yet I know deep down that it would bring so much more contentment, and from that would spring a host of blessings to others and the world. Being confined in inhospitable situations is one of the things I have struggled with the most. I often long to be free of all of it, especially the endless expectations of our society.

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  2. I would probably write just about the same thing you did!
    I'll catch up next week

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    1. I think that as we acquire more life and work experience we often reach this place, Brenda, the awareness that things do work together for the good, and that there are other ways of doing things from what we have been taught to believe I "right" for everyone! I'll look forward to seeing you back with us next week. Life is busy, I understand that! :-)

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  3. And yet each of us has our own "hard way" of life lessons.

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    1. That's so true, Mimi! We all do seem a bit intent on pounding our heads against the wall at one time or another until we finally realize that it is a bit painful and there might be better ways to approach things. I was a slow learner when it came to making good choices, but I can happily say that overall I'm doing much better with it these days. We aren't always aware of the trials others are facing or have gone through, but we are blessed to see the end result!

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  4. Often when we take a wrong turn in life, whether it be in love, a job or other foolish decision we think of it as a disaster. It is however part of the learning process and instead of bewailing our fortune we must get up and do something about it. Let failures make us stronger not weaker. You post was beautifully written and so wise Josie.

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    1. You are exactly right, Old Egg. Fear of failure has been drummed into us from the time we were very young, instead of viewing life as trial and error... errors are what we learn from! The real secret to life is, as you say, learning to dust yourself off and start again, maybe trying harder to do the same thing or choosing to try something altogether different. There is a time to persevere, and there is a time to let go. Wisdom comes in knowing which time it is. :-)

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    2. I'm all set for the day with your comments and those of others. My daughter always corrects my grandson with how he may have made a bad choice or decision, not that HE is bad, etc. I like it.

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    3. Your daughter has the right approach Linda! I don't believe that anyone is inherently bad, but rather that we sometimes make bad choices or do things we know are wrong. There is always hope...and room for improvement! We learn by trial and error, some of us just take a bit longer to learn the lessons, being a bit hard-headed and all! :-)

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  5. such wise, wise words!
    I am a firm believer that everyone has to follow their own path. That it absolutely must be of their own choosing. You cannot talk them into taking the path YOU think is right for them. Taking that first step of a our journey all on our own is a big part of the adventure.

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    1. I totally agree with you Rory! I always tell my children that I will be behind them whatever paths they choose for their lives, even I fear that they are choosing a rocky one. I believe that our spirits know what lessons we need to learn and will guide us to them one way or another. It IS exciting to see the magic that unfolds when people feel free to follow their own hearts! :-)

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  6. Wise words, all of this. But my favorites: You are here to fulfill your own unique purpose, and to use gifts given only to you. Listen to the inner voice of your spirit and follow where it leads. Powerful words for me right now.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Lisa! I believe that we would all be much happier if we would learn to stay in tune with where our spirit is leading us, rather than feeling compelled to fit into some place or plan that others prescribe. We do our very best at life when we are engaged in things that make us happy, because our spirit knows that we are fulfilling what was meant. I wish you blessings on your journey, may you find the joy and peace that you desire!

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  7. Hey Josie. Your post is so wonderful, The words of someone who has taken her own path and learned from experiences. And is still learning. Hope to link up before the deadline.

    Val

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    1. Thanks Val! I think we continue learning about life until the day we leave it, and that's an exciting thought to me. I have learned so much about life in recent years, I wish I had learned some of these lessons years earlier! :-)

      Yes, you have a whole week to add your link to Two Shoes Tuesday and you made it in plenty of time, it was a beautiful story too!

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