Not All Roads Lead To Rome, But Most Do Lead Home

 Hope is like a road in the country; there was never a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence. ~ Lin Yutang

Sometimes, the path is well worn. Many have tread before us. Sometimes, we prod on even though we have no idea where it is taking us. Sometimes, the most extravagant of lif’e’s beauty awaits us at the end of the trail.

Sometimes, there are stumbling blocks across our path. We must learn to jump high or be able to pick ourselves up and start over. Sometimes, we even turn around and go back to where we started. With each hurdle we leap, we are empowered to take on a more rocky and winding road.

Sometimes, we’ve tread the grasses of our own pursuits so often we’ve formed our own road. Though we think we know exactly where we are going, sometimes; surprises await us just around the corner. Sometimes, being courageous enough to take that first step where no one else has gone will discover new worlds. 

Somtimes, we need a bit of gravel to help us keep a grip because we’re not quite sure what we’ll encounter along the way. We might know where we’re going but feel the need to be able to stop quickly, back track, or take another route. Sometimes, the road may be longer, but the adventure and scenery along the way make the journey worthwhile.

Sometimes, there’s a crossing to keep us from getting our feet wet and to keep us on solid ground. There are times that pitfalls can’t be avoided, but any opportunity to soften or prevent a tumble is welcomed. Sometimes, a bridge is necessary to complete our passage.

Sometimes, the way is well paved and close to home. The way might be small and comfortable. The ruts and bumps may be few and the ride smooth. Sometimes, we take that same route over and over simply because of it’s familiarity.

Sometimes, we need to slow down and grab a rail on our journey. There is no shame in taking a rest or asking for a hand to guide us. Sometimes, we continue when we’ve recovered, and sometimes, we decide we really didn’t want to go that way at all. There are many roads that lead to the same goal. Who is to say which is the correct one to take?

Sometimes, we have to hop along as there are  gaps to get where we want to be. Sometimes, the walk has been set down in an unusual place.  Stepping on the grass between the stones won’t make our journey any slower or alter the outcome; but it might cushion the movements making our trek more enjoyable.

Sometimes, the road paved with good intentions ends abruptly and we don’t know what to do. Sometimes, we turn back or veer off, and other times we trudge on and fearlessly build the way for others to follow.

Sometimes, we must travel with great caution as the weathers of life can put us in danger or lead us astray. Sometimes, it is necessary to ride through the storm to gain wisdom and experience and to enable us to appreciate our purpose.

We are not meant to travel all roads. Sometimes, the way is specifically detailed for users, and we are not invited. Though we might not be able to travel that same route, we can always watch and learn from the experiences of others. Journeys are always best when the lessons are shared.

Sometimes, someone else is leading the way. The destination is clearly marked. The traffic is clear. Sometimes, we’re able to move ahead, pass others, and get there faster. But it really doesn’t matter who gets there first if it’s really where we belong.  Sometimes, we don’t realize how significant the journey is until we reach our goal. We must learn to savor the journey because we will reach our destination before we know it.

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27 thoughts on “Not All Roads Lead To Rome, But Most Do Lead Home

  1. Life does have many roads to travel. I think the key is to make sure those roads that you travel in the end you can live wit.

    • Exactly. I actually think we should make ourselves accountable at the end of each day….can we look at ourselves in the mirror or sleep without guilt did we hlep someone along the way?

  2. Excellent post .. loved all your descriptions of the paths of life and it is packed full with much wisdom.

    “Sometimes, the most extravagant of lif’e’s beauty awaits us at the end of the trail.” That thought is what gets me down my life paths – the possibilities of what waits for me.

    And, literally, that is what makes waterfall hikes the best .. the reward when you get there. ;0)

  3. Love this – the last two paragraphs are my favorites, even if we ourselves sometimes cannot travel a specific road we can learn by watching others and yes, it is not so important after all as to how fast we get somewhere, enjoying the journey matters far more.

  4. LOVE! LOVE! LOVE this, Suzie!

    Such an enlightening and accurate share on the journey of life!

    “Though we think we know exactly where we are going, sometimes; surprises await us just around the corner.”

    Love those surprises, hu?

    I really enjoyed your photo of the train tracks and what you shared…

    “We are not meant to travel all roads. Sometimes, the way is specifically detailed for users, and we are not invited.”

    You’re so right!

    Once again, thank you for sharing, dear lady!

    MUCH enjoyed!

    X

  5. I find the home I am always trying to get back to is the one inside myself where I feel comfortable, confident in my choices and a true sense of peace. I often have trouble locating it but when I do I am in pure heaven.

  6. Great post! Wise advice, Suzicate. Each picture was perfect for each message. Took it all to heart, these lines especially: “Sometimes, the road may be longer, but the adventure and scenery along the way make the journey worthwhile.” and “Journeys are always best when the lessons are shared.” Thanks 🙂

  7. We have all had nights in which we toss and turn and can’t get to sleep. The question what happened that day that caused you to be restless?

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