I am blazing new pathways and consciously traveling a new road
Last week I was driving my daughter to tumbling when I got a phone call. I had only been talking for a moment when my daughter started hollering at me from the back seat. I semi-politely told her that I was talking on the phone and that I couldn't hear. She became more insistent and when it was clear that she was not going to let me talk I asked her less politely what she needed.
"Dad, you're going the wrong way!"
Indeed I was. I had turned on the road that I typically use to get to the freeway and is one of the most frequent routes I drive. I sheepishly turned the car around and started in the right direction to get her to the class.
When I am not focused on where I want to go, I end up in the place I've always been. The pull to walk all of the old pathways in my life is strong. Even when I'm paying attention I might find myself being pulled to engage in the same old patterns I'm used to. I've developed patterns in the way I interact with others, how I handle stress, or deal with conflict. In all aspects of my life I've created well worn trails and without thinking I can travel them over and over again. The pathway to healing or change is not well worn and requires daily effort. Today I will consciously travel the new road that leads me to the destination I want for myself.