Maggie’s Thought for the Month: Footpath or Freeway- What’s Your Choice?

Baby Maggie

Every January finds people making resolutions. If history taught us anything, one would realize a new year is just another day on the calendar. You can start to make better choices any day of the year. It all depends on the path you take.

Maggie liked to walk the trails in the state forests. She enjoyed the sounds of nature: running brooks, squirrels chatting, and the crunch of leaves under her paws. She could walk an entire trail and never see another person or dog- and she liked that! Even when a jogger passed by, it was far enough from her personal space; she never barked or chased.

When I walked Maggie on the more popular paved trails we find in so many communities, her response was much different. She would bark at the many cyclists passing on our left, show her teeth to the other dogs strolling by- size did not matter, and never was very kind to anyone with a stroller. Maggie enjoyed being outside & walking with me. However, this walk wasn’t as enjoyable as the trails in the forests.

The path we take in life has to be the one that fits our needs. Some people may prefer the freeway to arrive at their destination- quick, fast-paced, and lots of people to enjoy the ride. Others may prefer the footpath-a quiet, steady-pace, with little fan-fare. One path is no better than the other.

How does one know what path to take? The one that finds us enjoying to be ourselves.

“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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