ALTERNATIVE ROUTE

ALTERNATIVE ROUTE

By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

Every day I take a five mile walk and this walk is very nearly the same.
Pros and cons assist this habit:
+Familiarity breeds both safety and vulnerability.
Many caring individuals know me by name and have become more than kind-hearted acquaintances on the path; they keep tabs on me and I keep tabs on them.
On the other side lies the con: If you're an individual who's intention is to clock, stalk, and block me ... you're going to be a problem.
I decided a long time ago that no fear would prevent me from taking a walk ... in any area of life. 
I'll courageously attack the demons and fears in my "yesterdays and todays" and conquer them in one fell swoop. This feels good, strong, and respectable in me.
I've learned to skirt through yards with the agility of a deer and take note of license plates in my rear. I've learned to deviate from questionable blocks of curiously timed quiet zones and stay near people and steady traffic on my route.
I'm become increasingly conscientious of my surroundings, and more instinctively guided by my instincts, and I think I can honestly assert this reality at work in every arena of my life.
No matter what happens ... I keep walking.
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One of the greatest lessons learned in my life is that alternative paths exist and different options avail themselves in every arena of life if we are willing to consider them and take them. 
Many times we don't invite new options into our lives because by doing so, we invite change, discomfort, and some fear factors as well. But those who risk, dare, and make changes come out miles ahead and with a significantly different forecast in their future.
They also find themselves on a whole new adventure with new opportunities to seize!
Relationally. Physically. Financially. Emotionally. Vocationally.
What areas need to be assessed and rerouted in "your" life? Where would it be healthy to seek out an alternative path? What options do you have that might look temporarily difficult but serve a long-term notable outcome?
Enlist some alternatives, options, and possibilities and make a change.
You can do it!
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Back to my walk ...
 Without question and based on legitimate concerns on my old path, a new path clearly needed taking. If my old path was defined as busy before, this new one takes the word to a whole new level.
But still ... I'm walking.
Bright red scarf, navy wool seaman's hat, and full steam ahead with a stride that says "don't quit," I'm movin' and empowered in-between. I'm passionately and positively invested in this daily thing called a walk.
I hope you are too!
Be brave.
Be bold.
Be safe.
But never, ever, ever ... stop walking.
Visit your options and consider some alternatives.
Take a different path, discover a whole new route, engage in courageous behavior, and live a life you respect.
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