Why You Aren't Really Lost Even Though You Think You Are

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A few years ago I was out on a mountain bike ride. I had a plan, a map, and headed out. I passed several trail signs which confirmed I was going the right direction.

After a while, I didn’t see those trail signs anymore. I knew I had somehow gotten off the path. Again? Dang!

I am notorious for starting out with a plan, losing my way, then getting lost and having it now work out. 

Life is SO like this.

How often do you find yourself somewhere you didn’t expect or want to be?

Does that mean your choice was wrong?

Sometimes you start on a path you think is the right one for you, then it takes you somewhere unexpected and you wonder if you were actually on the right path at all to begin with.

You’ll know it’s right because you’ll “feel” it.

The paths that are true and right for you are felt deep within you.

Some feel it at a gut level, some notice it in their heart, some in a place that can’t really be put into words. For some it’s a “knowing”, for others it’s a sense of rightness, or lightness, or calm. If you think back to certain points when your life was humming along and all was well, I’m guessing you would notice a sense of its rightness or truth for you. However you notice that or feel it, it’s perfect for you.

Your path is never the straight kind, from point A to point B. 

And, you are never truly lost. You just “think” you are. You’re just where you are on your own path. Maybe the path you’re on will teach you exactly what you need to learn about life in this moment.

Occasionally you start down a road that feels great, then something happens and it’s not so great anymore. Some roads end at that point. That’s okay. Maybe you were only supposed to be with that person, that job, or in that city for a certain amount of time and then it was time to make a change.

How do you know when it’s time to change the path you’re on?

When continuing the direction you’re headed in doesn’t feel right anymore. There’s tension, and yuck, and no way out…. 

The change could take the form of a slight shift, it might not need to be drastic. Or it could be you need to move in a completely different direction. 

No wrong answer. It’s your path.

By the way, I found my way back to the correct trail. I got out my map which told me nothing about where I was or needed to go. I just stopped for a few moments and listened to where my inner knowing thought I should go. 

Worked like a charm. 

This reminds me of one of my favorite aunties sayings, “I’m not lost, I’m taking the scenic route”.  My hunch is she’s never been lost a day in her life.

~ Susan

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