BY: T. Franklin Murphy | July 2018
Finding A Path that Works
There is no set-standard for a life well-lived. Cultures, families and religions have their own take. We must find something that works for us personally without hurting others along the way.
There’s no single path to well-being. Although Google prefers clear concise steps to elevate an article in searches, we need more options than settling for a platter of AI shuffled data to find what we need. We need more human touch to lift us to higher roads of existence. Creative thinkers continue to write books and philosophize about life. Perhaps, the paths to happiness can’t be reduced to steps we must take; but the rewards of constant and wise effort.
Shortcuts may intrigue the wanderer; loudly beckoning a rewarding escape from weighty consequences and promising rest. Don’t go there. Tough futures and narrowed opportunities dwell in the shadows of ease, patiently waiting to haunt the cheater. Taking the path of least resistance seldom rewards as promised and usually punishes with lost time, broken relationships, and difficult futures.
Poor budgeting, non-competitive work skills, and procrastination cannot be overlooked. We must address these pernicious villains of the future. Their evils cannot be dismissed with a lucky throw of the dice and golden returns from a gaming table. When life overwhelms, we panic, hoping for a magical escape. The struggling soul often compounds the error of poor preparation with new addictions that extract new and weightier costs on their lives. The person now must contend with the original costs of poor budgeting, lacking skills and a growing addiction.
The easy path has a high cost. The flourishing dreams of instant wealth obscures the barren returns of poor odds.
"When life overwhelms, we panic, hoping for a magical escape. The struggling soul often compounds the error of poor preparation with new addictions that extract new and weightier costs on their lives."
Continuous reliance on actions in lacking self-discipline robs futures of vitality and richness; we create futures, through choices inviting the associated consequences. Purposeful choices, structured in wisdom and patience, stretch our souls, lifting us above momentary comforts, creating a life of purpose—not simple survival.
We must be wise, mindful of our directions, identifying pernicious habits and escapes. By embracing the less decorated principles of success, and patiently employing habits of growth through learning and work, we begin the beautiful transformation. Persist when you are tired; change directions when you are too comfortable, inviting greater and greater riches to the moments yet to come.