Are You On The Right Path?

It’s late, I’m tired, and I’m still recovering from dental work… but the burning desire to share these words with you are keeping me awake.

I have been pondering all day about the different paths we take in life when we all really want the same core things out of life: we dream to experience joy, we wish to enjoy deep connections with the people we love, we crave a sense of fulfillment and achievement in life…and the list goes on. Naturally, these desires manifest differently in each of us because of our beautiful individual uniqueness.

A path is a “road, way, or track made for a particular purpose.”  Purpose. That’s the key. Am I on the right path? Are you on the right path? It all depends whether we are in alignment with our purpose, because the right path is the path that will get us to our purpose the soonest, with the least effort, and that will allow us the most fulfilling experiences along the way.

There’s a folk tale I love called “The Fisherman’s Parable” that I want to share with you.

One day a fisherman was sitting by his docked boat while playing with his wife and child on a beautiful white beach.
A wealthy businessman came walking down the beach, seeking to relieve some of the stress of his busy day. Curious and appalled at the sight of the fisherman wasting a productive day, the businessman asked:
~ “Why aren’t you out fishing?”
The fisherman looked up at the businessman, and with a smile, replied:
~ “Because I already caught enough fish for one day.”
The businessman didn’t think that was a good enough answer, so he followed:
~ “Why don’t you catch some more, then?”
~ “What would I do with them?” replied the fisherman.
~ “You could earn extra money,” explained the businessman, “with the extra money, you could buy a bigger boat, go into deeper waters, and catch more fish.  You could make enough money to buy nylon nets.  With the nets, you could catch even more fish and make even more money.  With that money you could own two boats, maybe three or four. Eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats and become rich like I am!”
~”Then what would I do?” asked the fisherman.
~”Then,” declared the businessman, “you could really enjoy life.”
The puzzled fisherman looked at the businessman and asked in amusement:
~”What do you think I am doing now?”

Do you love this parable? I love it so so so much. It provides so much clarity in such a simple way and illustrates that we must enjoy the path we are on and pursue our purpose joyfully.

do less, be more - Elayna Fernandez ~ The Positive MOM

Sometimes the answer is to do less and be more, to gain time by slowing down and getting clear and real about the life we want to live and the legacy we want to leave behind.

Many people believe they can achieve great things ONLY IF they achieve financial freedom first.

“When I have the money…”  they deceive themselves and their loved ones with THE LIE OF SOMEDAY and postpone their greatness.

Dave Ramsey often says: ‘We buy things we don’t need with money we don’t have to impress people we don’t like.’ and isn’t that the truth!

  • What if we were to get real about what we truly want in life?
  • What if we decided to be really brave and pursue what we want?
  • What’s keeping you from living your passions, your dreams, and aspirations today?

Are you on the right path?

Get clear about what it is really important to you, what truly matters, what makes your heart sing, then muster the courage to design your life around those passions, values, and dreams.

You’ll know you’re in the right path if it aligns with your purpose. God wants abundance for you: abundance of love, abundance of joy, abundance of money, abundance of peace… and abundance of achievement.

Like Thoreau says:

“I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. (Walden, p. 90)

I plan to discover that I did live when I come to die. Do you plan for the same? Whether I end up being a millionaire or not, is really beside the point, as long as I am successful on my own terms.

Getting far in life only means happiness when you’re on the right path. When you’re faced with an invitation, a choice or decision to make, a request or demand, or anything that seems like an opportunity, you’ll know which path to take and it will be easy to say NO when it doesn’t align with your purpose…or it will be exciting to say YES because it moves you forward on the right path.

Do you feel you’re on the right path for you? How can you tell? I’d love to pick your brain. After I catch some zzzz’s <3 that is.

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38 thoughts on “Are You On The Right Path?

  1. I am definitely on the right path. Being a mom is exactly where I am supposed to be right now & I am enjoying every minute of it.

  2. What great perspective … sometimes I get caught up in the chatter of entrepreneurs constantly wanting more and thinking everyone wants to bring in the six figure plus income. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I’m pretty sure I’m finally on the right path, though I’m not always so sure. I love writing my blog, I’m pretty sure that’s God’s plan for me, to be a writer, since it feels right, however…I’m not always so sure since I feel more stress than enjoyment sometimes 🙁 I know God’s plan doesn’t promise wealth and happiness, but it would be cool if it did!

    • It’s good to see your smile around here, Sharon! If it feels right, then I’m sure it’s God’s plan… and like you said, it’s not always rainbows and butterflies, but in the end, there’s a feeling that it’s worth it and that it matters. I think that’s the difference. For me, I used to put in many hours and less passion, and at the end of the day, I would feel depleted and like what I did didn’t really impact anyone. I am still putting in many hours, but with more passion and energized when I achieve my goal, even when deadlines can get stressful and life can get crazy.

  4. I start a new business, I feel like I am on the right path and I am happy but then I become tired of it and start another mission in addition to what I originally started. I think I will feel happy and successful if I choose one. Sorry, ramble.

  5. A year or so ago I would have said that I’m no where near being on the right path. But in the last few months I have seen a lot of progress to reaching my goals and I can truly say that I’m happy with the path that I’m on!

  6. I am on the right path. Exactly where I was meant to be although there have been times in the past that I wasn’t sure. I am retired and enjoying every minute of it.

  7. I absolutely love that story! My dad was one who worked, worked, worked all his life. He died at 40, and thinking back, I don’t think he every really “lived” his life. I am like the fisherman. I do enough to get by, so there is always room for living life.

  8. I have not heard the parable before. I like it. I feel like i am on the right path in my life. I was definitely meant to be a Mom.

  9. I like the less is more parenting message! It’s even harder and harder to go grocery shopping these days with the endless choices! Aside from food shopping, doing budget-friendly activities helps!

  10. love the parable!

    It is precisely why we gave up being an expat family. We got so lost working for money that we realized we hardly make enough time for the family. And lately, we realize that’s the best decision we made.

    We don’t have much but we’re healthy and we’re together and toiling the soil for our food — a wonderful journey on sustainable living.

  11. This was perfect for me to read at this point in my life. I also love the fisherman’s parable as well.

  12. I am thankful because I feel like I’m on the right path. It’s has been a crazy journey and if someone told me that I would be a writer, I would have said no way. It wasn’t something that came natural at first and I’ve had to practice a long time to be where I am today.

  13. I’ve heard that fisherman story before! I totally relate it to being a stay at home mom. I’ve had friends who say oh gosh, I wish I could afford to be a stay at home mom, but we honestly pinched pennies, clipped coupons, didn’t eat out and learned how to survive on one income so that I could. Sometimes where you are at, is where you need to be and sometimes you just have to look at your circumstances through a different lens. I appreciate this post and I certainly hope I am on the right path.

  14. I know I am in the right path. I’ve always wanted to become a mom, have a family and live a very quiet life.

  15. It is really difficult sometimes to take a step back from home duties. However I see it this way. The more time I give my home the less time my little guys get. For me my boys come first and home duties come last.

  16. Oh my goodness. I am just floored by that parable, because it is SO true! I can see why you couldn’t wait to share it here, even while recovering from dental work, which I hope you are doing well with.

    I just came in from being outside in my backyard, where I sunk my toes into the dirt, threw some bread out for the birds, and just marveled at how privileged and lucky I am to be here and have what I do. Thank you so much for sharing this.

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