Alternative Paths by Jonathan Fields
When good is near you, when you have life in yourself, it is not by any known or accustomed way; you shall not discern the foot-prints of any other; you shall not see the face of man; you shall not hear any name; the way, the thought, the good, shall be wholly strange and new. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
The world buzzes about goals and visions. Focus. Create a vivid picture of exactly where you want to go. Dream big, then don’t let anything or anyone stop you. The problem, as Daniel Gilbert wrote in Stumbling Upon Happiness, is that we’re horrible at forecasting how we’ll really feel 10 or 20 years from now – once we’ve gotten what we dreamed of. Often, we get there only to say, “That’s not what I thought it would be,” and ask, “What now?” Ambition is good. Blind ambition is not. It blocks out not only distraction, but the many opportunities that might take you off course but that may also lead you in a new direction. Consistent daily action is only a virtue when bundled with a willingness to remain open to the unknown. In this exercise, look at your current quest and ask, “What alternative opportunities, interpretations and paths am I not seeing?” They’re always there, but you’ve got to choose to see them.
(Author: Jonathan Fields)
This is way late in the day…for all you who read, I apologize for the delay of Few Words Thursday, I’ve been very busy of late. I know you understand…life is being life here in Hutchland!
Now to answer this prompt:
I am not inclined today to follow the author’s lead here…I am finding that these prompts continually ask the same question. Being first and foremost a woman of faith and secondly a woman of above average, yet nowhere near genius, answering the same question over and over becomes tedious. So true to my nature I am making my own rules.
When good is near you…when you have life in yourself…it is not by any known or accustomed way…
In our natural state we are not good. The word said we were all born in sin, after the apple and the fig leaf!
Our natural state is base and human. However, our spiritual selves do recognize and desire “good” and when it is near I do agree it is the unknown and we are unaccustomed to its ways. However, we know it is near and it brings within us a spark of life…
Although born in the sin nature, there is life in us. Our creator is benevolent, and while we seek to fill that void in our lives, that void is not entirely empty.
Psalm 139: 13-16
13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
16 your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me
were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
Our Creator created us…and from that day that He knit us together He has never left. Therefore I find Emerson’s last line to not be entirely true.
the way, the thought, the good, shall be wholly strange and new.
We will find it wholly new…but strange? I recognized the Way, the Truth and the Good, immediately when I was introduced to Him.
Before formally introduced I ran from the way, the thought, the good, because it was introduced according to the world.
When properly invited to meet Him there was no sensation of strangeness only newness…
Because I became new.
2 Corinthians 5:16-18
16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:
Blessings Loves ♥