Cut-Throughs and Corridors

“It is better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else’s life with perfection.”
― The Bhagavad Gita

I recently had the pleasure of exploring Princeton, New Jersey. One of the most charming parts of that town is the number of “cut-throughs and corridors” as my friend and designated tour guide called them. Small pathways with cobblestone paving seemed to appear between buildings and around corners at every turn. They helped make our cold wanderings much more comfortable since they served as shortcuts to our destinations. Quaint shops were also tucked away inside many of these passages making them not just convenient but intriguing.

This same trip taught me something else about shortcuts, shortcuts in life specifically: sometimes they can be hard to pass up! In Princeton I met with someone who offered me an opportunity that would appear to be a direct route to many of my dreams. However, heeding the unease in my spirit, I knew upon my return to California that this particular route isn’t meant for me at this time.

The experience of releasing that opportunity was instructive. The path to my dreams is going to be lit by faith, paved with trial and error, and sheltered by words of encouragement and insight that arrive just when they are needed.

That is something I have known in my heart for a while and the idea of a cut-through that would preclude the lessons I need along the way doesn’t resonate. In an odd way I can embrace the challenge of the path before me even more now that I have seen and released an easier way.

Whatever your path looks like, I wish you clear vision to guide you onward!

The Golden Rule(s)

Safeguarding the rights of others is the most noble and beautiful end of a human being.

– Khalil Gibran

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A friend recently posted a picture of this image as it was displayed at the Self-Realization Fellowship Glendale Temple. It is a reminder to me how easily principles can become possessions. Those beautiful, universal tenants which are a sign of our commonality and connection too often become tools used for division. Division will get us nowhere, agreed? Let’s find our common ground and celebrate the similarities of our faiths.