As we go about traveling on our journey, there are times when our paths are straight or maybe meander slightly. With most of us, these times are few and short and we should enjoy them when we can. Often we come to forks in the path where we have to choose a new direction. Most of these decisions are easily made and most of the time, it requires little, if any, thought.
However, the journey is not always simple and the path is not always clear. Some of these paths lead to dead ends which forces you to backtrack and try again. Sometimes we get lucky and muddle the way through these mazes and find the way out. Other times, we get lost and end up having to wander around until we finally find our way out but after wasting much time and energy.
Why are there mazes to navigate in our journey? There are numerous reasons for them. It could be due to not having a map. If we do not know where we are going, it is easy to find ourselves stuck in the middle of one of these mazes before realizing it. For this reason, it is important to plan where we want to go on our journey and record that plan for future reference.
A maze could be a snag or an entanglement of your path with that of another’s. When our path crosses with those of other people, a tangled knot of conflict can form. These mazes can be small and trivial such as disagreeing on what topping to put on a pizza to something extremely large and complicated such as a betrayal in a relationship. Regretfully, these mazes are a natural part of the journey and, at times, a map will not help to avoid them. The only thing that you can do is to navigate through them the best that you can.
Before concluding, it is important to note that in addition to mazes, there are labyrinths. Unlike a maze, a labyrinth has a single path through it. Labyrinths are a place for spiritual growth and you should not avoid them. However, once you are in a labyrinth, it might feel like a maze but if you continue through, you will come to the place of enlightenment in the center. Once you have visited this place and learned what you were meant to learn, the path out is obvious.
Godspeed on your journey.
Note: This post was written for the daily prompt: maze.