There are millions of ways to live our lives. There are millions of paths we can take to get from here to there. There are millions of people we can interact with and millions of experiences we can have. There are millions upon millions of choices we can make.
And here’s the thing – none of these ways to live or paths to take or people to interact with or experiences to have or choices to make are right and none of them are wrong. Some choices will be made based on a decision made from our core – at the soul level. And some will be made brashly without even thinking. And what I’m finding is that we can learn and grow from each type.
I believe that we live in a loving world. I don’t believe that we are being tested or that we are being judged. I see our time here on Earth as a way to experience all that we can experience and love all that we can love and to evolve and feel joy and embrace each moment. There are so many paths and so many choices that can support us with this – some in a roundabout way and some in a more straightforward way. And I’m beginning to really see that each one is a gift.
I have made so many perceived mistakes in the past that with time and perspective turned out to be beautiful blessings. I have said no when I thought saying no was a mistake only to find out that doing so saved me from heartache. I have said yes when I immediately thought I shouldn’t have and actually learned a lot about myself in the process. I have made choices that didn’t come from my highest good and got to grow and evolve as life unfolded around me. I have chosen the “wrong” friends who actually turned out to be exactly who I needed at that moment to evolve into who I am today. I have taken paths that seemed to lead me away from my truth but eventually led me closer to my truth than any other path may have.
I think more important than trying to find the “right” path or choose correctly is to actually get on a path or make a choice. So often, we get overwhelmed by all of the possibilities – by all of the choices that we can make. So often, we let these feelings of overwhelm stop us from putting one foot in front of the other and moving forward. We worry about making a mistake. We worry that we aren’t doing it right. We worry about so, so much.
And what I would love for all of us to remember is that it’s okay. Really, it is. We’re okay. Really, we are.
If we breathe into our overwhelm and our fear and start making choices and start moving forward down the path, we’ll immediately begin to feel empowered and free. If we begin to see how each choice or decision is a gift that we’re being given, we’ll begin to see how amazing this journey truly is. We’ll begin to enjoy it rather than fear it. We’ll begin to embrace it rather than avoid it.
I believe that fully experiencing our lives is a beautiful gift to give ourselves. Rather than worrying about making the wrong choice or protecting ourselves from going down the wrong path, we can instead shift our focus to the present and shift it to enjoying life and shift it to embracing this journey with an open heart and open mind.
Yes, there are a million ways we can choose to live. And that’s absolutely amazing! We have complete freedom to find the ways that feel the best within our soul. We can test drive different experiences and see if they feel right. And if they don’t, we can try something else.
Each experience and each path is a gift. And we’ve been given millions of them. Isn’t that wonderful?
Jodi Chapman is a bestselling author, an award-winning blogger, and a soulful community builder. She lives her life with love and faith in the driver’s seat, and she hopes to leave a trail of inspiration wherever she goes. She believes that we each have the ability to hear our soul’s whisper and create our best lives. She would love to connect with you!