The Path Before Me

One morning, this last week, I arrived to work and looked up into the sky. This is not an unusual occurrence…I love to look at the sky and often find treasures there. I also find that whenever I look into the sky I take in an involuntary deep breath, close my eyes and smile. In that breath-filled moment, I experience joy and peace.

So, to begin my day this way is actually a habit of mine. However, today I found a treasure in the sky…and happened to have my camera available. By the time I could get the picture, only the remains were left of what I saw: A plane, flying across the sky, leaving a large contrail behind it. The sun was in such a position so that this contrail cast a shadow in front of the plane; it looked as though the plane was flying a path already determined for it. 

Of course a plane has a path determined for it…but not by the sun or other natural sources. And it made me wonder…what pre-determined path am I following in living my life due to cultural programming by society, my family, personal stories, or religion…and, is this who I truly am? What if I stepped off of that shadow path and chose a new one…one truer to my soul’s essence? What then?



  1. Seraphina said,

    Tuesday, November 15th, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    A kind comment from Malcolm Newell:

    I like the way you’ve made the link to our path in life, there is something mystical about the patterns of contrails in the sky. Taking the contrail metaphor a bit further, they could represent the way we leave a trail behind us, an impact on the people and the world around us, and just as the plane appears connected to the contrail, we are also connected to our past.

    I’ll spend some time looking at your other posts, you write some inspiring words.


  2. Seraphina said,

    Tuesday, November 15th, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Thank you Malcolm for your kind words. I hadn’t thought about the impact the contrail could make…the afterbits of a life after moving past. I know a post was inspired by Higher Realms when lessons continue to be unpacked from other perspectives. Thank you so much for your contribution.

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