Are You A Path Or A River?

As I was walking to the office today, along the local cycle path.

I was listening to a great book called “Be Water My Friend” by Shannon Lee, daughter of the legendary Bruce Lee.

As I listened, it got me thinking as to where I was going in life and how I was going to get there. For years I’ve believed I was on a path to my goals, my ambitions, my destiny.

I’ve listened to advice from others, conversations, podcasts, books and many other sources of knowledge and examples.

However, it was not unitl today that I realised that by following this “path” I was simply following in the steps of others.

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I was experiencing their ups and their downs, their hardships and their joys.

So was I really making my own journey? 

My path had essentially been laid before me by those who had made a similar journey

In Shannon’s book she explains her fathers thoughts behind the concept of water and how it has a freedom like no other.

A river will flow, fast and slow, it can be straight and it can meander and when it hits an obstacle what does it do?  It finds a way around it by whatever means necessary.

I know what your thinking, what about a Dam?  

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Whilst a dam can hold most of the river back, soon or later the water will find its way.

It will be a trickle to begin with but then its force will be unstoppable and so it will carry on in its journey. We will all meet obstacles on our journey but how will we deal with them, stop, or keep pounding away until a solution is found?

All these years I believed that being on a path was the right thing for me.

Now I realise that I need to be like water…………..

Published by Steve McKenzie

Old dad looking to get back in the dojo, fix his busted heart, lose some weight and provide for his family.

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