What is the simplest way to describe how we live our lives? Is there a general pattern that many people follow? Yes there is. There is a 3-step process to how each of us walk our journeys in life.

American poet Robert Frost once said, “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life. It goes on.”

In my humble opinion, having walked a little in life, perhaps I can describe life as a 3-step journey:

  • Formation
  • Discovery
  • Pilgrimage

From the time we are born, we begin to walk the journey of Formation. This is a time for us to learn skills and knowledge in our ecosystem, so that we can begin to function. We go to kindergarten, junior school, high school, and maybe, to a technical college or the university. This is the period of our lives where we learn as much as we can, whether in academic knowledge, or skills, so that we prepare for our next phase in life. In this phase of our lives, we are still grappling with the reality of the ecosystem.

The second phase of our life, is our journey of Discovery. As we leave the journey of Formation, we step into life to begin to uncover our inner selves in relation to the ecosystem around us. We begin to gain not just new skills and knowledge, but we begin to gain some rudimentary semblance of wisdom. We begin to get a hint of who we truly are. Some people walk a little faster, some a little slower, but all of us at this phase of our lives, begin to understand a little about ourselves, and along the way, contribute to the ecosystem through our skills and knowledge. In this phase of our lives, we begin to sense the complexity of our ecosystem.

The next phase of our live is our journey of Pilgrimage. We begin to allow the uncovered inner self to walk into the light, to experience the wide open ecosystem, to interact with others in the uncovered inner self. We begin to unfold our spiritual side and allow ourselves to walk-the-talk of the this spiritual side, till the very end. Not everyone bears the same burdens in life or have the same pace, but this is how when we are truthful and bold to our selves, we can allow this last phase of our lives to blossom. It is also in this phase of our lives, we begin to understand our ecosystem and attempt to harmonize and contribute back to the ecosystem. We begin to be one with the ecosystem.

Life is never a linear journey, nor a simple walk in the park or basking in the plains. It demands our courage to brave the challenges, to be honest with who we are, and how we intend to not just survive, but to thrive in the ecosystem. It is also about how we can make the ecosystem a better place.

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