Don’t follow the path, make your own path

Published 12:00 am Saturday, April 17, 2010

I’ve heard a lot of motivational speakers in my life, and all of them seem to send the same message. Have goals, discipline yourself, a positive attitude is most important and the ultimate challenge is: Dare to be Different.

This week, I spoke to a group of high school students and told them I am amazed that they all say they want to be different, but most of them allow others to lead them. It’s a game of follow the leader, regardless of the leader’s direction.

The other day, while visiting my sister, Judith, and her husband, “Pie,” he shared with me something he thought I would like. It read: “Do not follow where the path may lead, but go where there is no path and leave a trail.”

“I like that! Where did you get it?” I asked. He smiled and said, “In a fortune cookie.” The message was loud and clear: Dare to be Different.

History proves that people who step out and get out of their comfort zone make a difference. They not only make a difference, they enjoy life more than those who follow where the path leads.

I, like most parents and grandparents, worry about my family and their future here on earth. We all need to be more

concerned about where we will spend

eternity and what trail we will leave. At

my age, I still believe I can venture to where there is no path and leave a trail

that will make life better for those who


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