You have driven this way a thousand times, but tonight there is no moon to guide your path. A fog had rolled in so dense that you can barely see the guardrails alongside the highway. Your headlights are engulfed in the haze that obscures your way. The way home is known… yet you feel lost and disoriented and the few minutes that you have spent in this fog seems to have been an eternity.
You could have traveled the same stretch of road home every night for 10 years and all it takes is one night in a dense fog so thick that you cannot see but ten feet in front of you to have a sense of total misdirection – like you are trying to get somewhere but unable to get there.
That is life. We know what we really want – love, connection, significance, value, contribution, congruency. But we also need challenges. Well, at least the ones that we know we can overcome. The ones that we don’t know how to overcome become problems. And that in it of itself is a problem. We don’t want problems that we can’t solve. We want problems we want know how to solve or think we can solve.
The problem is that you already know the road home. But you are focusing on the fog instead of the road. Which becomes an even greater problem. Your pulse quickens, your eyesight narrows, your breath becomes shallow, your hearing is sharpened – that is why you lowered the radio, slowed down, and tighten your grip. Yes… pay attention. But see the fog for what it is… a gift. The fog is the gift that reminds you of who you are, what you are made of, and that you will obtain at the end of the fog. What you obtain is more precious than any tangible thing. The gift of a new capacity, a new discovery of who you are and what you are capable of.
We so often get so caught up with the fog that we forget that we already know the way home. That we are amazing beings capable of a great and many things and that if we trusted ourselves we would know not to panic because we are good drivers, that pay attention to the road. So yes, lower the radio, and slow down a bit. But don’t pay attention to the fog. Pay attention to the road.
For many of us… we have been too caught up with the fog. We have payed attention to the words of others for what we need to be, what to do, how to speak, how to believe, who to love. We have done this for so long that we have forgotten who we are… we are love, we are excitement, we are truthful, we are compassion , we are connection, we are value itself, we contribute without the need for reward – we are selfless.
The Fog – society, culture, environment, the list is truly endless – is there to remind us of who we are and that we already know the way home. And Home is where the heart is. And we can express it, share it, and open it to others, and not be changed but be amplified by those that choose to see our lights that we leave on so others can find their way through the fog.
J.A. Figueroa (a.k.a The Wise Gorilla)