Last night I received some text messages from someone that taught me a valuable lesson through some pain. Afterwards, I turned my cellphone off and continued to research articles while listening to music. Lauryn Hill Ex-Factor came on my playlist as I listened to the lyrics they made me think about a lot of things. “It could all be so simple, but you’d rather make it hard. Loving you is like a battle, and we both end up with scars. Tell me who I have to be to get some reciprocity. No one loves you more than me and no one ever will.” I am always explaining to people all the time the mind is always thinking about something. I started thinking about the text and the apology. As I started to think about the experience, I was trying to figure out the lesson because I played a part in the situation as well. I am a firm believer that either you are a blessing or a lesson. The lesson I discovered that you can’t move forward with your life, until you take some time to heal. Sometimes we find ourselves jumping out of the frying pan into the skillet.
Thinking about life, love, and my current journey I began thinking about my Land Navigation exam at Basic Officer Leader Course at Ft. Sam. One of the things I learned about being on a journey it’s important to take detours along the way on your journey. Travel the back roads, take your time. Talk to people and smell the flowers along the way. Sometimes we need to take the side trips. Do not be afraid of the experiences, emotions, situations, that take us off center and somewhere new. Sometimes that’s where our greatest learning and growth occur.
If a side trip is beckoning, perhaps there’s a lesson there: an old feeling to be felt, healed, and cleared; a new attitude or belief to be acquired; a revelation, a surprise. Remember this: a side trip, with all its emotions, isn’t about another person. It’s about you and your journey to healing, freedom, and joy. Stop playing the victim, and become a survivor on your personal journey. The moment you walk 100% in your truth is the moment when you take back the power that anyone could ever have to make you feel ashamed! Ignoring feelings or a situation that can take you off center won’t take you to the next place. Going more deeply into your growth process, going more deeply into your soul is what will further your journey.
Everything that happens to you can be used, felt, shaped, and transformed to further our journey. The process of growth, of side trips and healing, is your destiny, the magical journey of your soul.