Some of our most powerful Crossroads deal with how we see ourselves. We have more opportunities than we can imagine to build our self-esteem, to improve our well-being, to heal memories, to change negative attitudes, to begin exercising, to learn something new, to create something from scratch, to try something different, to open your mind to fresh ideas. New paths are offered to you by the hour – literally. You don’t even have to get off the couch! Just turn on the Discovery or History or Science channel for a documentary on a new subject.
You don’t know yourself as well as you think you do. None of us is born knowing who we are or all that we are capable of learning, doing, creating, and giving. Each of us needs to get to know ourselves as young adults and then as middle-aged people and eventually as elders. And like getting to know another person, it takes time, effort, and commitment to pursue the journey of self-knowledge.
It is not unusual for me to hear people comment that they have no idea why they feel as they do or think this way or that. As I look at most of them, I realize that they have no intention of figuring out why. Not knowing is a permanent condition for them. They are content to not know why they think and feel the way they do. But in accepting such a state of being, a person remains walking in a type of life-fog, a psychic drug state, never understanding themselves, yet always expecting to be understood. You may not think that is incredible. I think not wanting to know yourself right down to your core is equal to choosing to spend your life on a hypnotic drip. You end up walking the streets of your life endlessly asking people, “Do you know what I should be doing with my life? Do I have a purpose? Where is my purpose? Have you seen it? Does my life have meaning? Do I have any life at all?”
You are the one in charge of discovering yourself. No one else is. Each choice you make is an opportunity for you to discover something new about your intellect or talent or capacity for love – or your survival skills, for that matter. Not all the crossroads you encounter are external dramas. Many are deep interior dramas that deal with personal issues of self-esteem and how you handle yourself.
This session is devoted to those deeply personal crossroads that we encounter in the privacy of our hearts and emotional spaces. But these crossroads are the invisible roads – and choices – of our lives that matter the most.