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Walking A True Path

This post was originally published 9/24/13 on Vision and Verb.  I am updating it a bit at the end.


“Only by its own roots does a tree stand tall and only by its own light does the sun shine brightly and bring life to our world. So it is with you – only when you’re trusting, loving and rooted in your true Self will the life that is your highest potential begin to manifest. Only when you are walking on the path of your highest potential will you ever be able to shine brightly and bring light to the darkness in others.”



Recently I set out on a new path to find what might be around the next bend.   I was in the process of retiring in late July, but turned back from that path 2 weeks before it was to happen.  I was not ready.  On that path I raced through the year trying hard to just hang in there long enough to jump off at some point.


Too many times I find myself running or walking so fast I miss all that is around me.  I am so afraid that I might fall over rock or root that my gaze is hard fixed on the path never looking up.  On those paths I find myself running smack into dark clouds and storms for which I am ill prepared.  They make the journey so much harder, and leave me with no joy at all.


But it is on those journeys when my gaze is not fixed, but expansive, that I find my true path and next journey. When I stop look, smell, explore even off the path a bit stretching my limits, I am most at peace.   Even if there is fog ahead, and I cannot see what is around the bend.  Even when the clouds may appear gun-metal gray and hard, I am resolved to forge on.


It is in these times that my soul is leading me on.  It knows the true way.  It feels the IMG_9823light-headedness, and giddy excitement for what might come.  And when I am not transfixed on the path, I stumble a lot.  But I pick myself up, brush off the soil, tend my wounds and look up again.  It is in these times that the next part of the path is revealed and I move on again assured in my conviction that I am on my true path.  Then and only then can I enjoy the journey.


I am walking the true path again, and maybe this time in late June I might find I am ready for what is around that bend.  But for right now I am exploring my surrounds.  I must be off now as there are some lovely flowers over there I must go and see…..oh and look a butterfly….my that is a large tree.


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Update almost a year later:

I wrote this post just after the first time I tried to retire in July of 2013.  I was then hoping to retire instead in June of 2014, but again my path was changed and I retired instead March of 2014.   I have been retired now for 6 months and it seems as if time has flown by and stood still at the same time.


I promise to explain more about that at a later time.  Suffice it to say, I am still following this new path of retirement.  I have been noticing my surrounds more now as I live in the moment.  It has been a wonderful experience although I keep thinking the dream will end soon….but thankfully it continues on.


But even if it were to end, another curve in the path will show itself as it did when I started this blog.  So on I go following the path around the next bend as it is just appearing on the horizon…I am beginning to get a sense now when the next curve will show itself.  And I look forward to that shift as it approaches.



I leave you with another thought about walking a true path.  Feel free to download the photo and share.



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  1. August 28, 2014    

    Love the Guy Gavriel Kay quote (and his books).
    I was retired against my will. Now, more than twenty years later I don’t know how I ever found time to go to work. My life is full. As yours will be (if it isn’t already).

    • August 28, 2014    

      Soosie it is amazing how full your life becomes in retirement…somedays I say to people, ‘I can’t possibly come or do that as I am so busy.’

  2. August 28, 2014    

    Hi Donna, Enjoy life! God has a plan for every stage and we should embrace, learn, live and love.
    blessings, Beth

    • August 28, 2014    

      Absolutely Beth…I am indeed enjoying life and the journey as I learn more about myself, my life and my path….embracing all the change and challenges too with all the love I can!!

  3. August 29, 2014    

    Another great post, Donna, and I love the quote at the end.. I’ve read several of his books, but I haven’t seen that quote before. It’s wonderful.

    • August 29, 2014    

      Thanks so much Cynthia…it has been an interesting and joyful journey.

  4. August 30, 2014    

    One interesting thing I have found in my (only a few weeks old) retirement is that I still like having a distinction between work time and relax time, between weekdays and weekends. So I have more of a schedule on weekdays, with some time for research-related reading and some task that I must make progress on that day. On weekends, I do whatever strikes my fancy. I find that time to relax is more delicious when I have something to contrast it with.

    • August 30, 2014    

      This is a very interesting observation and one I’ll have to keep in mind. My husband may be retiring soon; this sounds like good advice for both of us.

    • August 31, 2014    

      Sounds like good advice Jean. I am still in my perpetual vacation mode. My dear friend said I would need 6 months to a year of not doing much and just relaxing and enjoying and she was right. Soon though I will need to get back in the habit of work mode as I have many projects to complete so I will definitely take this advice to heart.

      • August 31, 2014    

        Donna and Cynthia, I don’t think I intended this to be advice — just a description of my own reaction (and one that has actually surprised me a little bit). I think this reaction is related to a surprising research finding reported in The Retirement Maze — that some retirees were no longer attracted to activities that had previously been very important to them as a form of relaxation.

        • August 31, 2014    

          Sometimes our reactions strike a chord Jean which is what I know you did for me…something to consider and think about. And I find that research fascinating. I don’t think I had enough relaxation activities before which could be why I am reveling in relaxing now…

        • August 31, 2014    

          Obviously you struck a chord for me, too, Jean. Both my husband and I are very open-ended sort of people which makes flying by the seat of our pants relaxing…but it can get stultifying too. Having a loose structure to the day and the week thus sounds quite appealing. It’s all about balance, isn’t it?!

  5. August 30, 2014    

    Still cheering wildly in your corner
    and glad to be sharing this road with you:)

    • August 31, 2014    

      Thanks my friend…your support is so amazing and appreciated!!

  6. September 1, 2014    

    Life’s curls and bends are what makes it interesting. It sounds like retirement is suiting you now it has finally arrived 😉

    • September 1, 2014    

      It is Cherie especially now that school will be starting and I will be home not thinking about it at all and enjoying new activities! 🙂

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