Bushwhacking – A definition( http://www.freedictionary) – “To force one’s way through a forested or overgrown area where no path exists:” “Often on the verge of starvation, they bushwhacked through muskeg, forded ice-cold streams and rivers … determined to conquer a daunting land deemed impassable”“(Brenda Koller)
There is always a well travelled trail – a highway.
It goes somewhere “important”, popular or theoretically crucial.
If I see myself only through other’s eyes, I am driven to “assume” that areas with no trails are only waste places or impossibly inaccessible. We label them ”Here there be monsters” on the map of life!
Life is after all “only about” what our “culture” and our friends have chosen to praise and admire.
Or – is it?
If life is a process, and if my journey has anything at all to do with my own uniqueness, then, my path must at times appear like buswhacking!
This implies solitude, struggle, many unknowns and periods of being lost!
These aspects of life are not glamourized by many. In fact, they can be downright scary!
Yet, the vast majority of my life’s encounters with exceptional beauty, radical moments of self discovery and incredulous joy, have been off the beaten path.
The courage to step off the “chosen” path will always open the door to wonder, curiosity and discovery, if, I am not running in panicked flight ( Fear is a monster!).
When I choose this deviation from the comfortable, I meet my own uniqueness because my Creator has been waiting to meet me there!
Drink deep of the wine of being exceptional – step off the highway!
Author – Bill Tidsbury