M.J. Penny, Writing, Life & Inspiration

A road less travelledWe’ve all done it – we’ve all taken paths of least resistance at some points in our life, and yes sometimes it’s good to just go with the flow and swim with the current rather than resist it.  But what happens when it is the norm, when it becomes a matter of habit?

Life can become very stagnant when we choose the easy options, we learn nothing new. Of course we are comfortable just dawdling along, but by not risking anything, neither do we gain anything – sometimes we just need to get out of our comfort zone.  When we travel along a road we know so well, there are no surprises and we feel secure, when we are taken off road along different paths, it gives us an uneasy feeling, and the older we get, the more uneasy we feel.  What you need to decipher is the difference between gut-instinct and old habit patterns.

Gut instinct is that deep feeling that something is wrong, the hairs go up on the back of your neck and you instinctively know something. Habit patterns are based on conditioned response and are an unconscious reaction, served up by the subconscious out of pure habit.

Irish Philosopher, Edmund Burke (1729-1797) once said: “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”  No real sane person likes conflict, but sometimes is it necessary to stand up for what you think is right instead of travelling along that old comfortable road?  It’s not easy to stand up for what you believe in, especially if the majority of the masses disagree with you. It’s easy to turn a blind eye and ear to what you feel is right just for that feeling of security.

If you always take the predictable safe route, you will never know what you are truly capable of, you will never know your steel or your resolve, and of course you will never really know yourself – you will forever be the background noise, the statistic of the average.  Human Beings by their very design are remarkable creatures – just take a look at the world around you, the cities, the buildings, the infrastructures, look at what was created because of someone’s vision and the courage to carry out their imagination.  Then take a look at the destructive forces mankind wields, the wars, the injustice and the misery. Again, creation is not biased, it can be used for either negative or positive results, but YOU are the deciding factor, it is your choice to accept or change the world you live in and it starts with just one step-the road of least resistance or the road less travelled.

Technological advances have made the world a smaller place. Through the internet, you can meet up with like minded people and create something new, change what needs changing and take back your power – you have a voice. Old-fashioned and outdated propaganda and spin are quickly diminishing as news can reach millions of people with the stroke of a keyboard – you shape your world by your thoughts, feelings and actions. For more information on organisations dedicated to change visit:  http://www.change.org and http://sumofus.org to see where you can make a difference.

That unknown and winding road that very few people take is waiting for you.

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One Response to The Road Less Travelled

  1. Dave Wise says:

    Good Advice, MJ,
    I remember when I decided to go to London’s Literary Lunches. I balked because I thought I’d be too nervous to mingle. But now, I love to mingle with people and I get a lot of my writing ideas by bucking what I once feared!

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