Have you ever been deliberate in choosing the window side of the airplane just so you could rest your head against that cool oval glass? It always reminds me of that Bette Midler song, From a Distance as I gaze upon the perfection of colorful patchwork squares stitched together by nature. From some 30,000 feet you get to see the many pathways below; roads and highways that connect towns, and farms, and cities. Did you know that planes frequently follow rivers… running wide and winding – carving out the landscape and easily discernable with the wide patches of green ribbon on each side?
Those rivers, by design, rush headlong to the sea; cutting their way through any obstruction to reach that river’s end. From that 30,000 feet viewpoint you get to see where rivers have changed their course, determined to choose their own path, tearing away at boundaries and carving out the exact road they want to travel. You can even see the ghost canyons, no longer filled with raging waters, but supporting homes and communities.
As authors, we are like that – choosing our life by design, being strong, courageous and determined, but willing to change course when necessary. And, leaving behind us, if we so choose, a new path for others to follow, and a peaceful haven for those who need it.
Have you ever looked down and followed the switchbacks that circle to the top of a mountain? If you look back, you can see this amazing ribbon of asphalt, curling behind you. The mountains came before us, but just like the rivers, even the earliest people threaded their way up the mountain, taking an easier course, leading the way and building a pathway for others to follow. Trappers, traders and miners made their trek, and later, tourists used the same paths to experience another type of pilgrimage – often the kind of journey that is filled with nothing more than a desire to connect with nature and experience the power and passion that those raging rivers must represent, as they cut their way through roadblocks and barriers.
We can learn from nature. We can rest assured, that even if we do not have that bird’s eye view from 30,000 feet, there are roads and rivers, and navigational paths in the sky that carry us where others have been, but… when we least expect it, we might also find the courage and freedom to seek out our own path of desire – and reach our own river’s end.
If you have trouble connecting with your desire as an accomplished author, a breakthrough strategy session might be exactly what you need to stay on course to your own river’s end.
“Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek.”
~ Mario Andretti