We are day 52 into the New Year, while I was in the hospital, I tried to recall the past and what have I done, what have I accomplished during these eighty decades. My childhood, I more often than not raised myself, along with those wonderful women my Great-grandmother whom I called “Ma” a solid rock of full-blooded Native American ancestry and “Aunt Francis” a black woman of wisdom. I raised five children alone whom have all achieved their life’s dreams to a certain point. Along the way, I worked in the public sector for forty years.
During retirement, I begin searching for who I was, and what I wanted out of the second half of my life; yes, that was 15 years ago. I returned to painting and writing. I have tried to reinvent myself during these past 15 years and I am still working on myself as I continue to travel down a mysterious path on my journey into yesterday and tomorrow. What have I learned?
I believe that the journey we humans lead is down one of three paths. The first path leads to success, these are the people that have material riches and yes, sorrow. Then there is the second path, one that leads to happiness and sorrow, these people live a good life. They are capable of handling life. The third path is one of total destruction. The important question is how you are going to live your life, which path does you taken.
When you find yourself at the crossroads of the here and now, will you put in the effort to be free, will you walk through the doors of reality, choosing the path wisely. I believe in meditation, it is simply about being yourself, your life is always unfolding in front of you, seek the answer to truth. If you are not careful the truth will be ignored, be fallow and unacknowledged.
Life is at times like a slippery slope, the grave will hold all of those years your life-unexamined half-truths, fear, you did not achieve that which was given to you on the path of your life, and you ignored the wealth, happiness and greatness. If you wake up and breakout your life it may unfold on a path of success. Get off that slippery slope and follow your path to importance. No one can do this job but you. At the end of a long life, dedicated mindfulness will be acknowledged and you will be remembered as an individual of understanding and wisdom.
Love and Peace