I believe that there is a desire in all of our hearts to wander now and then.  What does it mean to do so?  It means to move about without a fixed course, aim, or goal, to follow a winding path, or to meander.  It can also mean going astray either physically or mentally.  

The English writer, poet, and university professor J. R. R. Tolkien once wrote;  All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost; the old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost.

I love this, and if you think about what it means to wander, you will realize, as I did,  that there is a desire in all of our hearts to do so.  How nice is it to go somewhere without a plan, a goal, or a purpose?  When was the last time you just parked your car, put yourself on a path, and followed it.  Or how about doing something as simple as letting your mind go down a new road to a place that you have not yet traveled but often think about.  Nothing wrong with that, right?  

Of course, there are always responsibilities that bring you back to the reality of your world, but I think there is magic in letting yourself wander once in a while.  Below are some suggestions that might get you in the mode.

  • Plan a day to give yourself a couple of hours to take a drive, park your car and explore a new path.  Whether it be a walk around a lake, park, trail, or the beach, find something you have not done before and wander down the road.
  • Grab a pen and paper and write down places you would love to visit or experiences you would like to have. Writing things down is the first step in making things happen in your life.  The next step is to visualize yourself there, and then it will become a reality.
  • Book your next trip to somewhere that you have not been and make it a point to learn and experience something new and different. It is always fun and exciting to travel and explore a new destination.
  • Take a chill day and lock yourself away from the world, your responsibilities, electronics, and people and drift off.  Only allow beautiful and positive things to enter your thoughts and try to direct them to places and things that bring peace, tranquility, and comfort to you.

Now and then, we should allow ourselves to escape the reality of everyday life and embrace the idea of letting ourselves wander off for just a bit without getting lost.

My affirmation for you this week is:

"I will take time to wander down a road not yet traveled in my journey to a more balanced and beautifulife."

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