As we talk about on our sister site, Five Element Wisdom, you have to know your inner nature in order to create your own path in life.
If you don't, you are bound to follow in the footsteps of others, and however convenient that may be, it's not a unique path for you. How could it ever be, when you haven't created it?
Not always smooth
I know it sounds a bit harsh, but that's because it is. When you are up against the question of creating your own path or not, life isn't always so smooth. You have to put our mind to it and make an effort, and that's where many people shy away from it.
It's much easier following in the footsteps of others. You don't have to think too much about it. It's enough to do what others have done before you, and put life on endless repeat mode in order to do “the right thing”.
Now, you are not this type of person, because if you were, you wouldn't be reading this. On the contrary, you have made a proactive choice to want to find your voice and use it to develop yourself through writing.
You understand that the only way to be whole as a person is to work with yourself, and that the simple premise for that is to know who you are. Otherwise, you have nothing to work with.
Please don't get me wrong, I have the deepest respect for whatever choices people make in life, as long as they know why they are doing it. There has be a reflection taking place for life to make sense. If not, we reduce ourselves to animals.
To make sure our reflections lead us in the right direction, however, it's essential to know your inner nature — or your voice as we call it in writing. It's the only way of knowing if you are true to yourself.
The big risk
Unfortunately, life carries a big risk of making decisions based on what other people think. Simply because most people want us to make the same decisions they did. Or, at least, based on the same premises.
It's easier for them to relate to, and they don't like being confronted with choices they didn't have the courage to make themselves. It exposes their weakness, so they seek confirmation of their own choices by telling you to do the same.
On the right track
When you know your voice, you have a pure source to tap into when making decisions. It completely bypasses the premises put forward by people around you, and allows you to take your own path. Just like that.
Very few people understand that mechanism, so don't be surprised when your surroundings can't follow you. Take it as a sign that you are on the right track.
Naturally, it's always good to listen to the experiences of others before making your choice. You want to make an informed decision.
Just don't listen to people who don't know what they are talking about. Find someone who knows. Then combine it with what your voice is telling you to do, and start creating your own path.
Which brings me to this week's exercise, because what I want you to do in order to strengthen your voice is this: