“People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.” … His Holiness the Dalai Lama
We live in a world of such polarity. Everyone has an opinion … and beyond mere opinions … most people are pretty, darn sure that their position is the correct one. In “enlightened” circles individuals may be willing to concede that another’s point of view might have merit … unfortunately … it would seem that enlightenment is not a wide-spread characteristic of the current state of human-kind.
I use to be like that … so sure that I knew the right way … the right destination … and the right answers … my how times change … and … thank goodness that they do! Through the long years … and the even longer clean-up of the internal landscape …I have learned that … holy cow … I really don’t know what is right for everybody else … and that my energy would be best spent figuring out what the most effective … helpful and in-touch-with-the-flow-of-life use of my own time here would be.
I’ve learned that His Holiness the Dalai Lama is right in that everyone has the right to choose their own path and that the many, varied and often highly inventive ways of getting from Point A to Point B are part of what makes the trip through this world so highly entertaining. Granted: I don’t always like the ways through which some other individuals choose to achieve their desired goals but I am willing to concede that I don’t see all ends … and that in the bigger scheme of things … that would be Life’s view … perhaps … just perhaps … there is more going on than I know.
Sometimes it looks to me like the whole world has gotten “lost” … at the very least … they’re not on my road. When those thoughts bubble up to the surface I do my best to remind myself to a) sit down and have a good laugh at my pompous self, b) take a look at a road map and remind myself of how many ways there are to get to any particular destination and c) grab hold of Life’s hand … clamber up on It’s knee … and try to get a peek at the bigger, longer and more balanced view of things. I really like the road that I’m on … happy things seem to fill pretty much every one of my days … and I can see fulfillment looming on the horizon … so now … I’m wishing … for everyone whom I meet … and everyone whom I love …that their road should lead them to their own version of happiness as truly and surely as mine has led me.
Arinaste and Joyful Journeying Everyone