The other day I woke up early with the strong pull to get up and go for a walk. It’s been a long winter and my body has gotten a little “fluffy” so I grabbed some wrinkled up sweat pants, got dressed, laced up my sneakers and ventured out before I changed my mind or got distracted. I’ve only lived in my neighborhood for 9 months and I’m still checking out what my neighborhood has to offer. My development is a big loop and normally I follow the same routine………go to the corner, make a right and walk the entire loop.
For some reason this time when I got to the corner the small voice inside said “why not take a left this time?” I pulled my iPod out my pocket, stuck my headphones in my ears and continued to walk. I immediately passed a walking path right behind my house. I’ve passed it many times but I didn’t know where it lead and it was 7 a.m. way too early to be taking chances. At least that’s what I told myself and besides my neighbor told me she was attached by a goose back there so why would I go that way and I was alone so I questioned myself “is it safe to go to an unknown place all alone?”
Hmmm let me keep walking. I walk a few more blocks and I see another entrance to that unknown place but this time I see a small wooden bridge at a distance and that small voice said “Take that Path” so this time I was obedient even though my rational mind kept questioning the safety of going on the trail alone. I decided to tell the fear to shut up and I took the path anyway I figured If when I get to the end it looks scary I’ll turn around.
The closer I get to the bridge the more excited I get! By then I’ve turned my iPod off that way I can hear the rustling in the bushes when the stranger jumps out at me. So I get to the bridge and stop in my tracks. I’m shocked and in awe of the beauty I see in this new unexplored world almost in my back yard!!
1. Be willing to follow that small voice within
That voice is called intuition, it’s the wisdom from your soul. Tune in there is so much growth and plenty to be learned by tuning in to that small voice.
2. There is beauty all around you
Be willing to look at things differently and to slow down. When we take a few deep breaths and pay attention to what is in our environment we can see the beauty in almost anything.
3. Go down the path least traveled
Like Dorothy following the yellow brick road. I’ve found that every time I take a chance, step out on a limb and follow the direction my joy, curiosity or even pain leads me there are people and blessings at the end of the road I could never have dreamed of.
4. Do it afraid
Fear = growth. Where is your faith? Grandma used to ask me that all the time. When you feel fear it’s a sign that you are about to learn and do something different thats where the discomfort comes from and that’s where the blessings in life reside.
5. Break out of your routine
Get off the merry go round of life. Take what I call “micro steps” sleep on a different side of the bed, drive to work a different way, try a new restaurant for lunch, listen to a new radio station.