We all have the opportunity to experience a personal journey to wisdom, beauty and success but it means letting go of expectations or wanting someone elseís seemingly polished life. Chuck all of that, embrace the unexpected surprises that color your path and be witness to your own miraculous transformation.

You enter the forest at the darkest point, where there is no path. Where there is a way or path it is someone elseís path. You are not on your own path. If you follow someone elseís way you are not going to realize your potential. The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are. ĖJoseph Campbell

Are you ready to give up a life thatís been planned for you all these years? Itís a holding pattern, where you wait to be led down a worn and tired path of someone elseís choosing. Itís never easy to acknowledge that youíre stuck, hoarding a life that really doesnít make you happy. Itís that white knuckle, holding on to perfection approach that keeps you from creating a blissful life.

Get uncomfortable; get messy to break free from cruise control and move toward that "darkest point where there is no path." Itís where youíll find a treasured life and just taking the leap gives you energy to keep moving forward. If it were simple, no one would watch the endless loop of Desperate Housewives, where all the glitter in the world canít hide life drying up. Instead, shed yesterdayís skin and get busy concocting your own brew of bliss and happiness.

Your own adventure is a search for your undiscovered self. Itís a transformation in which your deepest powers are revealed and fiercest passions are ignited. It might not lead to security or money but it will give you happiness at reaching your potential.

So what if the ultimate trophy isnít being at the top of the heap, but in discovering your potential and witnessing a miraculous transformation? Stop looking outside yourself for the answers and instead live from your center where your wild and unruly sense of self has been hiding all these years.

10 Responses...

Anonymous says:
October 1, 2011 at 12:33 PM
We are in the process of losing our home. I am so fearful of entering the darkest part of the forest. I am clinging to the path I know, my home embraces me. It is when my children dance and sing and I can't imagine what it will feel like to leave my flowers beds I have tended to with such joy.
Linda C. says:
October 3, 2011 at 5:20 AM
Suzanne, thanks so much for this...
Anonymous says:
October 3, 2011 at 10:10 PM
I want "someone else's seemingly polished life" and am very jealous that I can't be a stay-home Mom to give my children all the extra-curricular activities that this person I envy can. I also am in no way monetarily able to do so. I also suffer from depression which makes me feel that I am not at my best for myself or my children. I know I have to overcome these feelings but it is very difficult.
Anonymous says:
October 4, 2011 at 12:08 PM
who is anonymous that is losing their home..is there a way to help.
Anonymous says:
October 5, 2011 at 8:35 AM
Thank you for sharing this. I am approaching my 36th birthday and just ended a relationship of over two years. It is a difficult place I am in and continue to struggle with comparing my life to all my friends who have husbands, families, happiness. This is a great reminder for me to believe in my own path and journey and that things will happen for me when they're supposed to.
Kathleen G. says:
October 5, 2011 at 10:53 AM
I am struck by the beauty of your stories and heartfelt responses. There is such tremendous power in the love we extend to others when they are hurting. The greatest gift we receive is the ability to discover our potential and unique place in this world. Kathleen
Terri J. says:
October 5, 2011 at 6:24 PM
My heart goes out to the ladies who have wrote in, stay strong. For me, 2010 felt like the worst year ever, in one year everything that could go wrong- did! I felt as though my world had crumbled and I was alone. Going through it all,I realized I can survive anything with the help and love from people in my life,they reminded me how strong I am. I found amazing love, within myself and from others. I know that I have grown from overcoming: job loss, a house fire, loss of possessions, briefly homeless, no money and moved 3 times in 3 months. I survived it all. Security is something we all crave, yet the smallest things worry us. Try making the most of right now, by doing that we lose our fear, there is no room for past or future events in right now. Embrace whatever happens and know that everything within our lives is temporary. So just try it, live the moments as an opportunity to love yourself and the people in your life today. Truly, love is the only thing that lasts forever, no matter what occurs. -Terri
Kathleen G. says:
October 6, 2011 at 12:20 PM
Terri J, I feel your strength coming through your words. Thank you so much for sharing your experience and deep wisdom with us.
Anonymous says:
October 10, 2011 at 2:22 PM
I too lost my home...in a divorce, I also found myself different than my friends, single and on a tight budget. Circumstances can set you apart but that is not always a bad thing...I am stronger and wiser than most and it is my path and I walk it with gratitude :)
Anonymous says:
October 16, 2011 at 6:26 AM
Last year was a sorrowful year for me too. My husband was diagnosed with cancer and the doctors were very optimistic that he could beat it. Needless to say other complications arose and he passed away only 5 months after being diagnosed. After his passing I find myself struggling to pay bills since my income is all I have. He had no life insurance, no retirement plan and I receive no spousal benefits from social security. We were together for quite some time but only married a week before his death because that is what he wanted. I am just now trying to go on with my life as I know he would want me to do. He loved me very much and would not want me sitting around and mourning his death. He would want me to live life again and be happy. He was that way in life and I am sure he is the same in death. At times it is a struggle but I am trying new things and although a part of me has died with him I still have a life to live. I trust God to take care of my needs for He is the only one who knows my inner most desires, wants and needs.
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