The many paths that I have walked in life have led me to the place that I am today!
What paths have you walked?
One of the paths I walked led me to work in the prison system with men. In this system I learned a whole lot about what the word “SURVIVAL” really means.
One of my greatest teachers was a street person named “Terry”. He had a very unique way of living in our world and it was a way I never would have seen as being real (and Wow, was it real)!
Terry had many problems while he was growing up, and ended up homeless at a very young age. His parents had abandoned him, and he did what he needed to do to survive. One of his behavior patterns was to use the system to take care of his food, clothing, and shelter, only when he could not do this himself. He had lived on the street for many years and was very skilled in finding everything that he needed to find to keep warm and happy. That also included using alcohol to keep him what he called “warm from the inside, out”. He became an alcoholic, however, he never lost his ability to look after his basic needs. He would live on the street all summer, and in the late fall he learned to commit a small crime that would provide him warm shelter in the prison system for no more than 6 months over the cold, winter months. When I first met him, it was late fall and he would be incarcerated only until the spring. When I asked him how he managed this, he stated that this had become a way of life for him when he was young and would be placed in youth facilities and foster homes and he would run away every summer to have his freedom and then go back to the system for the winter months. Had I not met Terry, I would never have believed that this was possible today. He was just the first of many that I have met in my life with very simple, yet sophisticated living skills. I always remember that the paths we follow are sometimes curved, they may be through webs and tangles, or the dirt and mud of life!
They may be slippery, or smooth, however, the path of life is full of excitement, challenge, grief, love, happiness, fear, strife and failure or success.
What is the reason that we walk these paths?
We have chosen this life to learn, to grow and to share with others who we pass on our individual paths in life.
Today as I freely walk with the sunshine beaming down upon me, feeling clearer, more alive, accepted and loved because I am now choosing to share all that I am, all that I have I will remember to share a smile with all of those I meet on my path!
Peace, love, light and blessings!