So this week at work has been very challenging (yes it’s only Tuesday) which got me to thinking about my days as a kid. I remember being between the ages of eight and 14.
A time when there were no cell phones, no social media sites and the only worry that I had as a kid consisted of how long my parents would allow me to play outside.
Times were very different then versus how they are today. Today as an adult we have responsibilities, we have people in our lives which we are responsible for…. Honestly, I just miss being a kid living that carefree life.
Yesterday I went for a hike mainly to clear my head from the everyday stress that this world offers up on a daily basis. Hiking through the mountains seems to bring my overall self back to a state of self control and it allows me to reconnect my mind, body and Spirit. While walking the trails I snapped a picture (see below) and began to ask myself a question that no doubt we all ask; “What path will I take and where will that path take me”?
In all the hustle and stress we are faced with we all get to choose the path we will take, what actions or reactions will we offer when chaos strikes. The “path” we choose will certainly define our character. You may tell yourself that you don’t have a choice and you have to play the hand you are dealt. Then that’s the “path” you are choosing to take. If you don’t like your current situation, then take action and change it.
Will this cause you to step outside of your comfort zone? Possibly…and you will likely have to make some changes to your everyday routine. Who knows these changes that may look like sacrifices but the “path” you select is ultimately up to you. Remember the “path” you are on and the “path” you could/should be on could be the difference between the depression you are in or the happiness you could have.
Today I was thinking about my family and about how blessed I am to have so many of my closest family members within an hour drive of me in any direction. As I write this blog post I am reminded of how important Family really is. A family should mean everything and although I realize that we will never truly get along with all of our family members it’s important to remember they are family.
As each of us faces the trials of life, the good times and bad times I believe that having a family member (blood or extended) close by is a necessary and vital part of the solid foundation that you will use during these events or “trials of life”. Before I close I urge you to make amends with those family and friends that you may have shut out of your life. One can never have enough family or friends.