A Foggy Mystical Metaphor

It was a foggy, mystical morning as I set out for my daily walk along Sarasota Bay last week. Typically, the view is expansive and joyful when I traverse the bridge over the turquoise water sparkling in the sunlight. On this day, the bay was shrouded in gray clouds, and I could see only a short distance in any direction. It was eerie that the city skyline was not visible until I was more than halfway across the bridge. This limited, somber view made me introspective and pensive.

Heading back across the bridge for the second part of my walk, I watched joggers pass me and then disappear into the fog. Of course, I knew they were still jogging along the path, but from my vantage point, I could no longer see them or where the bridge ended. Given my introspective and pensive mood, it is not surprising that my mind concocted a metaphor connecting the joggers and the fog to the approaching year and life in general. 

I’m sending this story out on the first day of the last month of 2023. We don’t know what the next 31 days will bring, let alone what will happen in 2024. In truth, we don’t know what will happen in the next moment. And yet, we continue moving forward.

This year was full of surprises for me. Had I known what was coming, I might have done things differently. But since I didn’t know, I simply made the best choices I could as situations and events presented themselves. With each new piece of information, I took another step. Even though we may not be able to see what’s ahead, like the joggers in the fog, as we continue along the path, the way forward will become clear. 

Life continues to teach me that even when I can’t see a way out of a situation, if I keep putting one foot in front of the other, a way forward will be revealed. My job is not to “figure it out” but to do my best to return to a peaceful state of mind. In my experience, great solutions don’t come when I am immersed in fear or continue to think about the problem. Inspired ideas and guidance have a much better chance of reaching me when I am calm and centered. 

I know. Easier said than done sometimes! But it gets easier with practice. And you can be sure there will be plenty of opportunities to practice during this journey called life. 

I’ve also learned to reach out for assistance when I feel stuck or overwhelmed. The ego doesn’t like to ask, but my heart is grateful for all the love and support I’ve received. If you are struggling, there is no shame in asking for help.

It would be my great honor and joy to guide you through a foggy patch with a series of Spiritual Coaching Sessions or a private Family Constellations Session. Both can be done virtually anywhere thanks to the Internet. Please look around my website for more information or to book a session. I look forward to helping you return to peace where guidance and inspiration thrive.  

If you knew Who walks beside you on the way that you have chosen, fear would be impossible.

A Course in Miracles ~ T-18.III.3:2

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