In life, appreciate your journey

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A little while back, I found an old leaflet tucked inside the back cover of a red book that I have had for several years. It was a little wrinkled, sort of stiff, and a tad bit discolored from ink that had bled through from years of being pressed firmly against the book’s cover. But, the words were as fresh and fluid and as clear as perhaps the day they were first printed.

They were the words written by Caroline Adams. When I came across the words again, they served as confirmation in so many ways and gave me a renewed appreciation for my journey in life. I continue to read them periodically to encourage myself on toward my destination.

I would like to share those words with you here.

“Your life is a sacred journey. And it is about change, growth, discovery, movement, transformation, continuously expanding your vision of what is possible, stretching your soul, learning to see clearly and deeply, listening to your intuition, taking courageous challenges at every step along the way. You are on the path ... exactly where you are meant to be right now ... And from here, you can only go forward, shaping your life story into a magnificent tale of triumph, of healing, of courage, of beauty, of wisdom, of power, of dignity, and of love.”

You know, there are few gifts as special as receiving the right words at the right time. Timely words spoken by a friend on the phone, preached in a sermon or uttered by a stranger can uplift low spirits and renew strength. There is nothing like coming across words in a newspaper or in a book that speak directly to your physical, emotional or spiritual experiences. At a time when you feel discouraged, unmotivated, or down and out, the right words can be like a cool drink of water while running a marathon in 90-degree weather. It helps you to go on a little farther.

I was inspired to write after coming across that leaflet. I would like to share these words with you here.

Delays can be a part of your process, a part of the journey of defining who you are, but they are not an indication that you have been denied your hopes, goals, and dreams. Delays are temporary periods that are different for different individuals. If you make the mistake of regarding a delay as a permanent position, you are likely to lose sight of the things you wanted for your life. You cannot let delays be a distraction. They should increase the amount of attention you pay to what’s going on in your life.

What you’ve been waiting for is on the schedule it should be. You have to do the work of positioning yourself to be ready to assume the role and responsibility. Sometimes delays are about preparation. Sometimes delays are about teaching patience.

Detours can cause delays, and that is OK. The important thing to remember is that if you stay the course and see it through, you will arrive at your destination. As you think about your particular goals, hopes, and dreams and the setbacks you might have had, remember that you are right where you should be at this stage of the process. Learn to appreciate the journey.

Be encouraged.

Contact columnist LaTonya Dunn at ln_dunn@yahoo.com.