Since you are here right now, as you are, why not try trusting the journey? You don’t have to stay here forever, and you likely won’t. (I have yet to find out what forever looks like, myself.) This is a “Note to Self” kind of message that I put together with the next decade in mind—I just turned 30 this week, so it’s a bit of a mashup of what speaks to this next chapter of life.
“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I … I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” — Robert Frost
Since I turned 30 this week, direction has been on my mind, as has choice and destiny.
Whether this path was allotted to me by chance or crafted by a series of choices—though I think that maybe it’s a bit of both—what to do now that I am here? What to say “ages and ages hence” when I look back to where I have stood? It feels as though I might as well enjoy this spot while I’m here, or at least live it, even if I don’t know the reason why everything happens the way it does.
This kind of pondering brought me to curate this motley collection of quotes: it’s for new chapters, forgiving what’s happened (or at least accepting it) so we can focus on what’s here, being who we are on purpose (not who our inner critics try to convince us to be) and bringing that into the world in a greater, brighter way.
This is not about telling what’s right and wrong. I certainly am not powerful enough to tell anyone other than myself which path is more worthy of being walked. That’s not why I write, anyhow. I write about healing and walking because that is my path.
Here are a few things I’ve learned that stick out for me today:
- When there is no light at the end of the tunnel, there is still somewhere to walk. I still have a hand with which to carry a lantern. Walking with a lantern in hand when I felt least capable of doing so has been the best skill I’ve ever learned.
- Sometimes the place I am standing is not the place I belong in 5 years or 5 minutes—but I do need to be here right now, even if it’s just for right now.
- Maybe, when we follow our desire to savor the world, we end up saving it in a small, but nevertheless real way. Maybe that’s because savoring saves us.
I’m truly not sure if all of these quotes will speak to your journey, but they very well might. I do have a feeling that at least one will speak to your heart. My hope is that we can both practice the willingness to trust where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re going. The key word, I think, in all of life’s experiences is “practice.” Another key word is “willingness.”
Trust has done a lot more to serve me than distrust ever has.
15 Healing Quotes about Trusting the Journey
1. “We do not heal the past by dwelling there; we heal the past by living fully in the present.” — Marianne Williamson
2. “Perhaps the biggest mistake I made in the past was that I believed love was about finding the right person. In reality, love is about becoming the right person. Don’t look for the person you want to spend your life with. Become the person you want to spend your life with.” — Neil Strauss
3. “If you don’t make the time to work on creating the life you want, you’re eventually going to be forced to spend a lot of time dealing with a life you don’t want.” — Kevin Ngo“It’s not selfish to do what is best for you.” — Mark Sutton tell a friend
5. “There comes a day when you realize turning the page is the best feeling in the world, because you realize there’s so much more to the book than the page you were stuck on.” — Zayn Malik
6. “Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit.” — E.E. Cummings
7. “You have to die a few times before you can really live.” — Charles Bukowski“What doesn’t kill us gives us something new to write about.” — Julie Wright inspire someone
9. “As I look back on my life, I realize that every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being re-directed to something better.” — Steve Maraboli
10. “You can’t have everything you want, but you can have the things that really matter to you.” — Marissa Mayer
11. “I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious Ambiguity.” — Gilda Radner“May the flowers remind us why the rain was so necessary.” — Xan Oku tweet this
13. “Stripped of your ordinary surroundings, your friends, your daily routines, your refrigerator full of food, your closet full of clothes — with all this taken away, you are forced into direct experience. Such direct experience inevitably makes you aware of who it is that is having the experience. That’s not always comfortable, but it is always invigorating.” — Michael Crichton
14. “The great thing about new friends is that they bring new energy to your soul.” — Shanna Rodriguez
15. “I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve (or save) the world and a desire to enjoy (or savor) the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.” — E.B. White
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Trusting the journey is hard, I know, so what has helped you make it through a dark time when all lights seemed to go out?
Share your lessons, what you’re excited to start (or end), and any stories of transformation with me in the comments.
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Savor what really matters to you.