…FIND YOUR PATH”. Those are words from one of the episodes of God friended me, a series I have come to love and I am sure you will enjoy it. In the specific scene I have just cited, Miles was trying to decode a message from the God account and went several routes thinking it was the path.
In my own life personally, there have been so many times when I felt really strong in my heart that a path I have taken is the sure one. At the end of such a path, it often does not seem like the one but as I grow older, I begin to see lessons from that path that is making the journey on another path smoother. Let me give an instance to bring my message home.
In 2010, I gained admission into a prominent Nigerian school to study medicine. If you have followed my story, you will recall that becoming a doctor – for the sake of ensuring no child dies due to being poor and not having a specialist in the country – was one of my passions and studying medicine was the path to becoming a doctor. I was following in that path that faithful morning inside a small car to go start medical school. But God had other plans as I was diverted from that path to prison where another path started. For the records, my time in prison was not from a conviction but rather my inability to get the kind of person required to make bail in time. However, those days in prison offered me the opportunity to reflect and when I got out, a new path was crafted that I continue to walk on till date. The underlining mission has been the same but the route to getting there has not been a straight path.
Just like Miles that in the beginning thought following the lady and finding his path meant going to Paris but later found out that was not the message, we must be mindful not to be caught in the trap of thinking only one path will lead us to our dreams. Miles did not reach the end of the path in Paris but got a clue to the next point on his quest to find his path.
You will get so many detours as you journey the path to your ideal self – your ideals, visions, hopes and dreams– but do not be discouraged by your self-image – your current realities of how you think and see yourself – rather, pick lessons from your current path as you boost your self-esteem and keep reaching for your why behind your ideals. Let you “why” be so strong and grounded in values and principles such as service to others that no matter the detours, you keep following the path to your dreams. In the end, Miles found his mission after going down several paths and so can you also reach your dreams, hopes, vision and ideals. Stay the path to your mission but don’t be confined to just one route.