Own Your Path

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Posted by admin | Posted in Spiritual | Posted on 15-09-2009

My first blog post!  (I don’t even know if I said that right.  Is there a cool way?)

As a subject, I felt it was appropriate to provide a definition of what “Own Your Path” means to me.  (You, of course, must interpret how it makes most sense to you, and hopefully make it yours.)

Own Your Path.  Let’s break it down.

The “Path.”  We’ve all see roads, streets, highways, hiking trails, game trails, et al.  By definition, each one of these is a path, some more used than others, and some more remote.  Some paths aren’t even visibly noticeable; they’re just the shortest past between two locations.  The “Path” I’m referring to is somewhat different.

Cities, villages, towns...are merely the places where "highways" intersect in which we may choose to temporarily stop.
Cities, villages, towns…are merely the places where “highways” intersect in which we may choose to temporarily stop.

As a human being, you are on a path, “Your” path.  Your path is the culmination of all the steps you have taken until right now.  It is further defined by each step that you take.  You are free to choose to get on the highways, roads, streets, etc…, built by others.  These “highways” are sometimes the fastest way to get to specific locations, and it certainly okay to get on them.  However, this “network” of highways and roads, as extensive as it may seem, is very limited in its reach, and sometimes where we need to “be” is nowhere near the “highways.”

Family, work, schools, religion, relationships, society, et al, represent the “highways” in our lives.  Each aspect is part of the network of highways.  (For example, high school could be a “super-highway,” whereas post-doctoral studies could be a “game trail,” based on the number of people who take each.)

We can choose to fully live our live on this network of highways, and always be able to quickly reach those places previously discovered.  This is the passive path.  Or we can actively choose where our path will be; sometimes on the highways, and sometimes in the wilderness, but it is only in the wilderness where we can discover not only uncharted places, but also ultimately ourselves.

These black rocks—as I've been told, one of only three places on our planet where this layer of earth is exposed—can be found on the Colorado River near the Utah border.  They are unaccessible via any conventional means except the river.
These black rocks—reputedly one of only three places on our planet where this layer of earth is exposed—can be found on the Colorado River near the Utah border. They are inaccessible via any conventional means except the river.

“Own.”  Every step we take represents the next step of our path.  Where that step goes, whether on a highway, off    the beaten path, or even if or not to  take a step, is a decision that we make.  “Owning” your path is about taking full responsibility for the decisions that you make, even the ones that we feel are forced upon us.

It is important to distinguish that the highway (or road, street, trail…) itself is not our “path.”  We may choose for our path to be on the highways, but it is a choice that we make, whether consciously (actively) or subconsciously (passively).  The entire length of your path lies behind you; your next step—and where you choose it to be—further defines your path.

Own Your Path.  Take full responsibility about the decisions you make while actively living your life.