|A Lesson in the Snow|
I've often observed this cat on his daily ambles and I have noticed that when he walks in snow he always walks in his own footsteps when he returns. It never fails. He always steps carefully in the paw prints he made on his way out. But here, in one small section of his track, he stepped out, for just four steps and I wondered, why? Who knows. Maybe he saw a bird or squirrel that distracted him and he veered off track. I was able to make an observation for my own "pathways" from this simple image. (Which also made me realize that I shouldn't be so quick to dismiss the "obvious"...it could still have a lesson to teach.)
While it is always so much easier to follow a path we've walked before or to follow carefully one someone else has made before us, we often miss so much of life in our concentration to "stay on track". The real joy in our lives often comes when we allow ourselves to be "side tracked". When we take our eyes off the path and look elsewhere. The path we're on will always be there...we can always join up with it further down the trail or, we may find, the new path is the right path. I hope I give myself the freedom to do just that this year. My Grandmother use to admonish me as a child when my distraction caused me to bump into something..."Either look where you're going or go where you're looking, you can't do both!" Wise words....
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