I had to drive in some pretty bad fog a few days ago. It was dense, and hard to see. I had to be very precise and slow about how I proceeded on the road, because I couldn’t see more than a few feet in front of me at a time; I couldn’t see oncoming traffic, or tail lights in front of me, until I was practically on top of them; and it was hard to see the lines in the middle of the road.
I made it to my destination safely, but it got me thinking, as usual, about life and how the fog represents to me yet another aspect of life and living. One of the first things that I do, when I am in bad weather or driving conditions, or if I am lost, is that I turn down the radio. Now, a few months ago I started wondering, why is it that I do that? I don’t need to HEAR better. Then, the other night in the fog, I realized why it was important for me to do that. By turning down the radio, which is catering to my sense of hearing, I can focus my sense of sight a bit more distinctly; I can channel all of my energies to the sense that needs it the most.
There have been so many times in my life when I was in a deep fog of my life. I knew what direction that I wanted to go, but wasn’t sure that I could see the way properly, it seemed blockaded and masked, somehow. Even though I may have gone that route, or knew that route, for a lot of my life, I was scared, because I couldn’t see the outcome. So, I had to tune out the distractions, turn down the music and noise in my life, to pay closer attention. I may have had to use the line on the side of the road to guide me, go a bit slower and precise, really pay attention to every turn of the wheel. I had to be confronted with fear, fear of getting hurt, fear of the unknown.
The thing about fog is though, that even when it is thick and apparently inpenetrable, you can see the edge of it, just barely. You can actually see where it seems to connect with the earth, and that slight space that is clear. That is what is to help guide us, allow us to see a bit in front of us at a time. We are never totally in the dark, there is always some force working with us to show us the way. It is okay to not be afraid, and to trust that we are going in the right direction.
Trust is a big part of fog. If I am doing all that I can to proceed safely, and to go in the direction that I trust is right, than I will get to where I am going. Even if I become a bit reckless along the way, I will still get to my eventual destination, I just might get hurt along the way. In life, we have to trust, trust that the way we are being led is true and right and safe and the best for us at the time, then we just have to get ourselves there. In life, there will always be things that we can see on the horizon, but so many more that we can’t see. The deer that runs out in front of our car. The other vehicle that runs the stop sign. There will always be issues along our path, even some that will detract us from where we know we are meant to be going.
Don’t give up. Don’t turn around. If it is truly the path that you are meant to follow, then continue, persevere, keep on going. Don’t get discouraged. I have watched so many of us follow our paths to dreams in the last few months.
They all followed the road to their dreams, although they were afraid and unsure at times, and even though it might have seemed impossible. They did it, they ARE doing it, they are driving on even if the conditions become difficult, the fog descends and it is hard to see where they are going, and if they are even going in the right direction.
Be not afraid, keep going, keep following the lines on the side of the road, going slowly, waiting to drive right through the fog of your life, on the path to your dreams. There are no barriers in that road to your dreams that cannot be moved; what are you waiting for?
Your dreams are waiting for you. Get going. Don’t wait one more day, one more minute of your precious life. If it takes you a bit of time and energy and effort to get there, all the sweeter the reward.
Fog always burns away, the sun takes care of that for us. The sun always comes out. So don’t delay. Get to your dreaming today.
The sun is shining brightly on the other side for you.