The Path Isn’t Straight

labyrinth entrepreneurship

Sure, yesterday was Cinco de Mayo. But did you know Saturday was World Labyrinth Day?

Neither did I, nor did I see the point of labyrinths. Which is why I knew I had to try one.

Ever the adventurer, I’m endlessly curious about ways the external world can heighten insights on our inner truths.

I also know that the things I resist can be my best teachers.

And I just happened to be at a place with a labyrinth. FINE.

So I embarked on the labyrinth with equal parts skepticism and faith that the purpose would become clear.

Part way through, I realized that the simplest way to create a circular maze would be to create a spiral to the center, which is the end.

But the labyrinth isn’t a spiral. It’s a maze that folds back into itself. So the closer you are to reaching the final destination on the path – the “goal,” if you will – you’re also sometimes the furthest from the center.

When I realized this, a wave of emotion hit me. Often I reach a point of exhaustion on my journey, brought on by the perception that even though I’ve traveled for what seems like a long time, my goal feels so far out of reach.

And yet, if I just keep putting one foot in front of the other, I turn a corner, and the diligent trudge forward has paid off.

Though an ancient symbol, the current interest in labyrinths as a spiritual practice intends the pursuit of enlightenment, healing, meditation, or contemplation. Labyrinths are interactive metaphors. They are a purposeful pause in an increasingly distracting world.

At the center of my labyrinth was a circle of offerings where people have left small items to symbolize letting go of something. There was a dollar bill, a ribbon, a drawing.

I hadn’t brought a sacrifice, so instead I picked up two sticks and broke them each into threes to form two brackets: [ ]. The Pregame logo.

It was my way of letting go of the length of the entrepreneurial journey and acknowledging my intention to keep putting one foot in front of the other, to rest when needed, and to remember that perceived distance is not always accurate.

May our journey continue…

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