God is, above all, an artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant, and the ant. He never tried to follow one particular style. He simply kept on doing whatever he felt doing. – Pablo Picasso
It is the desire to walk that creates the path ahead; however, when we set off on the journey through life, we feel very afraid, as if we had to get everything right first time. But, given that we all live different lives, who decide what ‘getting everything right’ means? If a Supreme Being made the giraffe, the elephant, and the ant, and we are trying to live in His image, why do we have to follow any other model? A model might sometimes help us to avoid repeating the stupid mistakes that others have made, but, more often than not, it becomes a prison that makes us repeat whatever everyone else has always done.
It means making sure that your tie matches your socks or your dress matches your shoes. It means being forced to have the same opinions tomorrow as you had today. Where does that leave the constant shifting of the world?
As long as it doesn’t harm anyone, change your opinions now and then and be unashamedly contradictory. You have that right; it doesn’t matter what other people think, because they’re going to think something anyway.
When we decide to act, some excesses may occur. An adage says: ‘You can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs.” It’s also natural that unexpected conflicts should arise, and it’s natural that wounds may be inflicted during those conflicts. Yet eventually the wounds will pass, and only the scars remain. However, this can be considered as a blessing. The scars stay with us throughout our life and are very helpful. If, at some point – simply because it would make life easier, or for whatever other reason – the desire to return to the past becomes unquenchable, we need only to look at those scars. They are the marks left by the handcuffs, and will remind us of the horrors of our prison, and we will keep walking straight ahead.
So, relax. Let the whole world move around you and discover the joy of surprising yourself. The Bible says: ‘God uses the foolish things of the world to confound the wise.’
If you think and act as such, you shall be enlightened by the reality that certain moments repeat themselves. You will often be faced by the same problems and situations and, seeing these difficult situations return, you might ask yourself: ‘I’ve been through all these before.’ And your heart will reply: ‘Yes, you have been through all these before, but you have never been beyond it.”
Then you will realize that these repeated experiences have but one aim: to teach you what you haven’t yet learned. And that you must need to always find a different solution for each repeated battle, and you need NOT consider your failures to be mistakes but, rather, as steps along the path to knowing more about yourself and what you are truly made of.