“No single decision you ever made has led in a straight line to where you find yourself now. You peeked down some paths and took a few steps before turning back. You followed some paths that came to a dead-end and others that got lost at too many intersections. Ultimately, all paths are connected to all other paths.”
― Deepak Chopra
Ron and I made a stepping stone path to our house. I never imagined that there were so many complicated decisions to make in choosing the best path for us. So, I’ve compiled five tips for making a new path.
1. When you find your path, you must ignore fear. You need to have the courage to make mistakes.
Concrete sidewalk? Stepping stone forms? Gravel path? Which path was right for us? We chose to make a stepping stone path to our house using plastic forms, which I borrowed from our neighbor. In planning our path, it led to introspective thoughts about the paths of our lives.
Living in Nicaragua is a challenge and sometimes scary. We’ve made many mistakes along our paths, but we’ve learned to patch the cracks, or start all over again, and instead of ignoring the fear, we learn to make friends with it.
2. In the space between yes and no, there’s a lifetime. It’s the difference between the path you walk and the one you left behind; it’s the gap between who you thought you could be and who you really are. ~Jodie Picoult
We discovered that if we let the stepping-stones dry, then we can move them closer together to patch the gaps between the forms. But, then again, maybe we should let the gaps show, symbolically representing the path we walk now and the one we left behind.
Our stepping stone path was half completed. Then the heavy rains washed the dirt out from under the stepping-stones, scattering them like leaves in the wind.
The next morning, we started over again, making a solid foundation for the stones by embedding them in the dirt. Now, our path is stronger than before and can withstand the tropical downpours in our lives.
Jose, who mixed the cement, wanted to make our path straight. He said it was easier. But, instead, we wanted a country cottage look with a gently curving path meandering to our front doors. It was more complicated, sort of like putting a puzzle together. But, it is our path, our puzzle, and our challenge…just like our lives.
The stepping stone path to our house is finished. The rainy season has begun bringing blossoms, delicious ripe mangoes, and new green grass. It smells fresh…a new beginning.
We travel along our path to our final destination…home, sweet home.