More than One Path

You must understand, there is more than one path to the top of the mountain. Miyamoto Musashi

It is said that time and tide wait for no one. Becoming obsessed with the passage of time can force one to be reckless or indecisive. In so doing, perhaps they will give up just before the finish line comes into view; or maybe they will choose hastily in order to just get it over with. No heights are reached without contemplation. But one cannot simply think about it forever. How then to choose a path forward?

There is seldom one true way or only one direct path. Many years ago a wise young woman from India told me “There are many paths to enlightenment, and many kinds of enlightenment.” One path can lead to another and another, winding up, down and around. The key to success can be found in a state of flowing transformation. A series of changes proceeds from one to the next in a cascade of transitions. Progress may become difficult to measure, but all will be well, if guided by sincerity.

The unknown becomes the known through experience. Standing at the foot of a giant mountain, how could one determine the only way to the top? Step onto a path and begin the journey. Do not let negative emotions, such as defeatism and self-doubt, overshadow the journey. Instead, once underway, allow good judgement and courage to light the path. Stride towards the top of the mountain with sincerity and positivity. The path will unfold.

With experience, difficulties begin to smooth out. But experience cannot be gained without setbacks and risks. Taking a chance can be frightening, but as the old adage goes, “nothing ventured nothing gained.” Fear of failing blocks all paths. The first steps are the most daunting. But the heights will never be reached without taking those first steps. Look up at that mountain ahead of you, choose a direction and get stepping.

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Read my books at: Wheeler was a monthly magazine and weekly newspaper editor during the time he lived in China from 2007-2019. In China he worked for: Education Ministry, Tourism Ministry and Propaganda Ministry. In addition to his magazine and newspaper work, Wheeler edited and contributed to: multiple travel guides; numerous textbooks; several research and translation projects; and advertising copy for countless clients. As a university lecturer, Wheeler developed several university courses including Appreciation of Western Poetry and Introduction to Journalism. He taught Writing, Literature, Culture, Film, and other subjects. His success as a foreign teacher and editor led to Wheeler being awarded Teacher of the Year honors several times at two major universities. In addition to writing, Wheeler was an actor in China. He was on a television show; and the voice for Hangzhou Tourism as well as acting on stage. Wheeler's most unusual role was being the spokesman for a wallpaper adhesive company.

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