We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
– Joseph Campbell
How often do our best-laid plans go awry?
Once in a lifetime? Twice? Too many to count?
We begin each year with resolutions. We turn over new leaves. We start fresh on Monday. Over and over and over again.
And yet, that very tendency – to let go of something that isn’t going as planned to take hold of something new — is vital to living well. To living fully.
Life is unpredictable. Life is changeable. Its very tenuousness is what makes life so beautiful and of infinite worth.
Maybe you didn’t attend the college you wanted. Get the job you applied for. Win the object of your affection’s heart.
Might be that a relationship didn’t last or wasn’t reconciled.
Could be that your mother abandoned you – literally or figuratively.
Perhaps death was involved. Death of a dream. Death of a loved one. Death of innocence.
We have so many hopes and plans for our lives.
Some work out just as we envision.
Some do not. Let’s be honest, more often, they do not.
But to readjust, get our footing anew, take stock, breathe deeply and begin again is part of being human. Part of journeying well along life’s sometimes extremely bumpy road.
Maybe today, we can simply take comfort in the fact that we do not travel alone, my fellow humans. Be it a higher power, a friend or neighbor, a mentor or guide, we do not travel alone.
But if you do find yourself feeling alone, Sage Hill is here to help.