“Sometimes the bad things that happen in our lives put us directly on the path to the best things that will ever happen to us,” Unknown.

I’m not talking about the unusually large amount of water that recently caused Pee Dee creek to rise higher then I ever thought possible, but I’m using this quote to speak more about the choices we make, the change in direction, the new path we often choose to take in life. My sister, Donna and her husband, are at one of those crossroads. At times, I look back on my life and contemplate the decisions I made, the path I took. At times we ask ourselves, what if? Soon to follow is the question would I have changed the direction I took? Honestly, for me, no.

Do you remember the book series for children, Choose your Own Adventure? Those were the coolest books ever! These short stories allowed the reader to first choose one direction you wanted the story to go and then you could go back, re-read the story, choosing a different direction each time you read the story. What if life was like that? Would you choose a different adventure? This idea is fun to think about but still I say, no. I’m happy with the path that lead me to where I am today.

“Pay attention to the things you are naturally drawn to. They are often connected to your path, passion, and purpose in life. Have the courage to follow them,” Reuben Chavez.

I had seriously thought my path was to serve God as a Catholic nun. I’ve always loved giving and felt that would be my calling. My road took a few turns, I obviously chose a different path but the passion, my purpose is to give. Are you on the path of your choice? Do you have the courage to take the path that will fulfill your passions and your purpose in life even if that path isn’t the “popular” choice? It takes real courage to take the path that speaks to your heart. As my sister and her husband struggle with making the “right/best” decision I pray that they have the courage to do what they feel is best for them and find happiness in that decision. We can always seek another path, go another direction if the path we took throws up too many road blocks or comes to a dead end. I firmly believe that, “Life isn’t about reaching a finish line. It’s about loving each step in our journey and honoring our progress,” Uncover Your Joy.

I read so many posts on Facebook of friends and family who currently have some really hard choices to make. Which path do they take? Our biggest fear is uncertainty, our strongest asset is faith and love.

Your kindness challenge for the week is: Raise funds or donate to your favorite charity or cause. Which brings me to announcing, in case you haven’t heard, that the “Dirty Bowl 2018” play-off game had to be moved due to weather and a very wet football field. The play-off games will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26 at the Clinton High School Football Stadium. The top two winners will go onto the Championship game 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9; $5 gets you into both games. Come cheer on your favorite team, grab a snack at the concession booth and support Seniors in our community. See you there!

If you would like to book a day or overnight stay at the retreat give us a call. If you have a heart warming story, a thought or word of inspiration, or if you would like more information on how you can make a difference in your community by giving to seniors call, 501-253-4716, email grandmayogi7@yahoo.com, text or message me on Facebook through The Dirty Farmers Community Market page.