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Okay, so here’s the problem… I’ve asked you to join me on this amazing path for happy living, that I am on. That’s not the problem. The issue I’m having is the fact that the terminology that is “out” there surrounding my path is not to my liking. In fact it makes me very uncomfortable. I guess this is why it has taken me 43 years to even mention this path to you…
Let me throw out some definitions:
Religion – re·li·gion (noun) 1. Beliefs and worship; people’s beliefs and opinions concerning the existence, nature, and worship of a deity or deities, and divine involvement in the universe and human life 2. System; an institutionalized or personal system of beliefs and practices relating to the divine
Spiritual – spir·i·tu·al (adjective) 1. Of soul; relating to the soul or spirit, usually in contrast to material things 2. Of religion; relating to religious or sacred things rather than worldly things
This is actually quite interesting. I was prepared to say terrible things about the word, “religion”. Now, after actually looking up the word, using the Word reference tool, I have to say that I’m quite stunned. Religion to me, is equivalent to the evil Church – I used a capital “C” to refer to all organized religions. I personally, have a real problem with the man-made structured institutions, with all the rules – you can’t eat meat on Fridays, you can’t mix meat and milk, women aren’t allowed to fully participate, you must tithe – really? Who says? The bible? Really? My understanding of the bible is that it was written a very long time ago and translated over, and over and into different languages and that huge parts of this sacred document were deleted or changed. Is this truly what these organizations are basing their beliefs on? Oh, and don’t even get me started on the Catholic Church! I will say, that organized religion is beneficial in that it creates a community of like mined people. I do miss that in my own life, as I have been unable to locate a “church” that fills me up spiritually as well as provides me with a sense of community.
The fact that the definition of “religious” actually means its about “people’s beliefs and opinions concerning the existence, nature, and worship of a deity or deities, and divine involvement in the universe and human life” is actually quite comforting to me. I would have thought that this definition belonged to spirituality. Which brings me to the word “spiritual”. Again, the definition, as listed per the dictionary, is not exactly what I thought it meant. The word “spiritual” to me means being open to the idea that something greater than us is at work. I know, based on numerous events, that there is a greater power out there. I like to refer to this power as God. At times I will interchange the word God, with “The Universe”, “Source Energy” or even the “Divine Power”.
I know, I’ve made you uncomfortable – don’t worry so am I. I am Lisa Jones – join me on the road less traveled to happy living. It only gets better – I guarantee it!
What are you talking about? How Come? Why?
I am a certified public accountant for God’s sake! My employers’ have included Price Waterhouse in San Francisco, before there was a Coopers, and Ernst & Young in Washington D.C. – two of the biggest most respected accounting firms in the United States. Most recently I worked for a hedge fund, not too far from Wall Street. If you met me in person and observed my life, you would say that I’ve totally made it and living happy. I live in a gorgeous house on a lake, I have three luxury cars, and my children are well behaved and get good grades. Who could ask for more? Yet, before I started on this road, I felt empty inside. I wondered, “Is this it? Is this all there is? Really?”
I have had many experiences in my life. Some of them were amazing, like the birth of my two children. Some of them were absolutely terrible, like the death of my husband when I was 37 leaving me alone with 2 children, ages 8 and 10. The interesting part – and this is why I’ve asked you to join me – is that with each event in my life, positive or negative, there have been extraordinary circumstances surrounding the situation that have blown my mind wide open! Unusual and astonishing outcomes, which are extremely good, have occurred and left me blissfully happy. I can’t explain what has caused these amazing results. Is it a coincidence, God, Angels, spirits, or just random events? Am I just super lucky?
I don’t really think I am just lucky, although that would be the easiest way to explain it. It doesn’t feel like that. It feels bigger.
Truly, being on the road less traveled has enhanced my life beyond belief. I’m happier, healthier, and more content. I truly enjoy life, and it keeps getting better. Just when I think I can’t get any happier, I do! It’s amazing.
As you walk with me, my hope is that something I say or a book that I recommend will actually enable you to step off my road and onto your own path. It may be just a tiny trail at first, and you may feel weird or uncomfortable. Eventually though, you will see the path becoming more open, and you’ll feel more secure with your thoughts and feelings. Before you know it, you’ll be walking on your own road and you’ll be happier than you ever thought possible!
I believe that there is another dimension at work, and it’s so incredible to notice it and tap into it. Again, I don’t have all the answers, but I do feel that there is something greater than us out there. I also believe with all my heart that it available to help you at every turn.
On May 1, 2010 – five weeks ago as of this posting – I quit my hedge fund accounting job to be able to share my story with you. I want to inspire you, even a tiny bit, to look for the flickers of coincidence in your life. As you notice these flickers, they will start to become flashes, and then one day you will start to notice miracles in your life. I guarantee this will happen for you if you stick with me – even for a short time.
I am Lisa Jones – join me on the road less traveled. It only gets better – I guarantee it!