As you explore reality (which includes the material world as well as your mind or consciousness), you add to your map and extend the distance you can comfortably travel. You keep track of what you learn (your past) so you can better find out where you are and where you are going (your future).
This knowledge will help you find your way back to safety or a comfortable place should you make a wrong turn along the way. Your map will be covered with dead-ends and U-turns, but that’s what makes your life’s journey a one-of-a-kind cartographic masterpiece. There will be lots of those wrong turns but that’s what makes a map full, complete and beautiful.
As your map grows in size and detail, so grows your courage to step off the path before you and to forge new ones of your own design. The moment you diverge from the existing path, your life will change forever, for this is the moment you begin to understand the importance of perspective.
A single step to the left or the right can open your vision to a new angle from which to view your surroundings and your place within them. If you see an obstacle, climb it and enjoy the view. This newfound perspective may lead you to question what you thought you knew or to realize that your view is simply not the only one to be considered when dealing with others who are not standing in your shoes. Empathy and compassion are a product of imaginative visionary thinking.
You climb a hill here and there slightly off the beaten path. And from that changed perspective, you see something right in front of you that is better than your original destination. Maybe you even see yourself in a different light from that higher ground. Now you set off in that direction if your values allow for it. Or, maybe your values change.
That’s a lot like life. Often, we get caught up in “this goal or bust,” and we forget to live in the moment. This moment. The only moment.