It has been a long time, hasn’t it?  Almost 2 years since my last blog post, and it popped into my head a few days ago that maybe I should revive it.  I’m not really sure who would be paying attention at this point, but I love writing and sharing my version of the world around me.  So here I am, sitting at the computer, spilling out my thoughts.

The catalyst for this post was a 4 hour drive home from a work trip.  Not much to do for that much time other than sing very loudly to keep myself awake and think.  I’m very good at thinking, maybe too good at it sometimes.  And when I’m by myself with time on my hands, thinking can lead me down some interesting paths.

Calgary sunrise

Coming home from very lonely places, all of us go a little mad: whether from great personal success, or just an all-night drive, we are the sole survivors of a world no one else has seen.    ~John le Carre

This quote came up on my facebook memories a couple of weeks ago.  It resonates so strongly with me, now more so than when I found it 7 years ago.  My world has changed drastically in those 7 years, and when I think about being that “sole survivor” it makes me a little proud, a little sad and a little more lonely.  There have been moments of incredibly great personal success; I’m in a job that I absolutely love, and in a place in my life that I couldn’t even imagine when I was younger.  There have been moments of great pain as well; losing my beloved cats, and moving on from a city I still love with all my heart.  My own particular brand of madness has waxed and waned over time, and somehow I managed to get to this point.

Entrance to the Kurimoto Japanese Garden

“All paths are the same, leading nowhere.  Therefore, follow the path with heart.    ~Carlos Castañeda

Thinking about that le Carre quote led me to thoughts about the quote I keep as a personal guide in life.  It’s a paraphrase of a longer passage that really sums up what I’ve tried to do with my life.  When I first heard this quote in 2005, I had no clue where my path was.  I was actually pretty sure I didn’t have one.  All these years later, I realize that the path isn’t defined.  It twisted and got redirected as I have changed and grown.  My heart followed a path, and the path developed from my heart.  I’m not sure where I’m going to go from here, but maybe that’s the point.  Maybe I have to trust that the universe is going to keep building that path and guiding me along.

Deep thoughts for a Thursday night drive, huh?  It feels good to be writing again, so thank you for reading.  What is your path with heart?  I would love to read about your journey too.

November 13, 2017
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