Congratulations! Ding, Ding, Ding! You just won a chance at a game called LIFE.
To begin, you must select a path to follow. But, first, please note that the following items are provided, no matter which road you choose: a mind, a heart and emotions.
Road Number One.
This road is long and treacherous, with dangerous encounters. This road does not come with all basic needs included. Food and shelter will have to be sought after, clothing, too. Struggles and various tribulations will occur. No steady income. If you are on this path at the right place and at the right time, you may encounter someone who will give you an opportunity. This is called a lucky break. There may be people to help you and there will definitely be people to hurt you. Most who are on this road have great stories to tell - of life, adventure and heartache.
Road Number Two.
This road has some trees down, a few road blocks or speed bumps. You will likely have a roof over your head and a bed to keep you warm at night. Some sort of steady income is found. Most likely you will form a family, create a support group. You will see a doctor when you are ill and visit the grocery store to gather items to cook your favorite meal. Kids, baseball games, Disney trips, home movies. Most feel satisfied, though living paycheck to paycheck, with a little emergency money in the bank. The majority, the status quo, with privileges that are not provided to those on road one.
And finally, Road Number Three.
This road is paved, perfect mix of sunshine and shade. Basic needs are met. The act of wanting is minimal. Still, some speed bumps and road blocks may occur, but the speed limit on this road is fairly high. May include kids, baseball games, Disney trips and home movies - but also social events, clubs, and elegance. Travel becomes second nature. Protected and safe. Entitled to privileges that the other two roads do not offer.
Which road sounds best to you? One, two or three?
Truth is, in life, we don't get to choose our road. It is already chosen for us before we are even born. We can make the best with what we have, yes. We can also move from one road to the next, based on our choices and decisions in life, true. EACH of these roads has happiness and heartache. It is just up to you to find it.
Contentment and fulfillment do not come from material possessions, from careers, or even from people. They come from within. Anyone can take the smallest 'nothing' and turn it into the greatest 'something.' And they can do so while sitting under a bridge, in a college dorm, or from their penthouse suite.
It is not necessary to be able to understand someone's situation in order to relate to them as a person. Strip away the road they are on and you have a mind, a heart and emotions. Rather than focusing on someone's social status, possessions or lack thereof, focus on true virtues. Humility. Sincerity. Honesty. Compassion. Empathy. Strength. Confidence. Courage. Peace. Modesty. Loyalty. Purpose. Unity. Generosity.
We are all equal. We all came from the same place. We will all return to the same place.
"Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.' - John 13:16