David Navarro López

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Do we take paths, or do paths happen to be due to us?

Do we take paths, or do paths happen to be due to us?A predetermined path seems to me a way of losing freedom but can be as well an easy way for walking life, as there is no need to trace and open new paths in the wilderness.

I can’t help to remind the excellent poem of Antonio Machado

Caminante, son tus huellas                                                            Wanderer, your footsteps are
el camino, y nada más;                                                                    
the path, and nothing else;
caminante, no hay camino,                                                            
wanderer, there is no path,
se hace camino al andar.                                                                
the path is made by walking.
Al andar se hace camino,                                                                W
alking makes the path,
y al volver la vista atrás                                                                    
and on glancing back
se ve la senda que nunca                                                                
one sees the path
se ha de volver a pisar.                                                                     
that will never tread again.
Caminante, no hay camino,                                                              
Wanderer, there is no path—
sino estelas en la mar.                                                                      
Just waves in the sea.


Undoubtfully, to walk our life with no limits at all would make of us a drifter or a hermit.

We, humans, are social animals, so somehow we need to limit the boundaries of our path in a way that while not losing our own personality, we can keep sticking to some similar human beings to us. Something half way between a flock of sheep and a lost goat.

These two opposite ends still have a tremendous amount of options which can fit anyone.

We cannot forget that basically, life has 4 main components: Circumstances, options, choices, and results. Though we can only have influence in one out of them: our choices.

Our choices can be delusional too, as we can only choose from what we know or from the options we have.

So it could seem to us that we are exceptional, that nobody is like us, that we don’t fit and will never do. And this could lead us to walk our life like a lost goat, jumping from rock to rock looking for a greener grass forever, or to fail repeatedly and finally become a sheep, following the herd hopelessly with our head down.

Not to have the options we would like to have to choose from doesn’t mean they don’t exist. It can be simply that the circumstances we are in could be hindering the options we are looking for to appear before our eyes.

As some people say, no change will happen within our “comfort zone”. So maybe we need to change our circumstances, no matter what it takes.

The point is that we need to stick to something to avoid getting lost in our seeking.

We need a compass to show us the direction. Like in a compass, we need to find out some fixed points, “a North” to which we can always refer to, to readjust our path when needed.

Sometimes we choose a path that seems fitting us, so we follow it. But as an expert Wanderer, frequent checking has to be done to see if we are heading in the right direction as it could happen that slight variations of the path could lead us to a place we don’t want to go.

One thing can be taken as certain. The perfect path that lasts a whole life doesn’t exist. Shortcuts, detours, and change of paths is going to be a constant in our lives, so we better get our “compass trained”

But, how to do that?

Biggest and most immovable truths are the simplest ones. Love and hate. Altruism and selfishness. It is a matter of choosing what is our “North” and our “South” and using them as a referral to adjust our path. What it drives us to our South it diverts us from our North.

We are not so different to other human beings. No matter what is the “North” we have chosen, surely other people would have chosen the same than us. Maybe they are alone too, walking their own life. Maybe there are some of them already walking together. Maybe we need to be flexible, and even if we need to renounce to go straight to our target, we can enjoy our path with others that in the end are pursuing the same destination than us.

Keep your eyes in your compass, and in the compass of the people who are walking life with you. If they match, well, maybe you can enjoy your walk with others, share experiences and discoveries. If they don’t match, sooner or later you will need to change the path.

This is the real choice that needs to be done. The rest is just one step after another.

The spark that motivated me to write this buzz was due to the challenging buzz of my dearest Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee ,    but I would like to dedicate it to a very special person for me, Lena Bader.



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CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

vor 4 Jahren #17

Life for the nomad once had no compass and for a diaspora that populated the world also without compass but as an inbuilt human force. Then humans discovered the compass and now there was at least more control over the direction but not necessarily what it is we would find. The compass became an aid to an explorers path. We are not so much explorers today but increasingly urbanized dwellers. What replaces the compass today is the GPS. Even without knowing where we are going, signals from satellites guide us to pathways we would otherwise be lost in, and yet for some there is the human ability to override the GPS and not simply be guided by automated existence. Sometimes the GPS tells us go left and we see a ONE-WAY sign - it is utterly foolish to ignore such a sign, even if our GPS is asking us to turn left. So we have these human faculties which we can still trust, we have new forms of path that were not available to our ancestors and we have also lost paths that our ancestors intuitively knew. Those ancestors of people in the Icy northern regions had ingenious pathways now lost to us, and so with each couple of steps forward in human experience, we take a step backwards. It is true there is no sure path and time changes how we view it. Not even GPS is a given certainty and that is the most intelligent message in this buzz.

David Navarro López

David Navarro López

vor 4 Jahren #16

#8
DEar Lance, I am too shy to make a live buzz, so thank you for sharing your life experiences. Somehow we are in syntony, as my professional career started as electrician, then mechanical, then product manager, then sales man, then I realized I was not doing what I liked, so I turned back to be a service technician, which is the activity I do now. A short resume for over 30 years of professional life. But I am happy again with what I do every day. Maybe you want to have a look here, and see how many changes of path I have done. https://dnaproffesional.wordpress.com/

David Navarro López

David Navarro López

vor 4 Jahren #15

#7
Thank you for taking the time to make such a nice comment. I like to think that time, though important, is as well relative. I moved to Germany two years ago, and recently I have done another change of path. To me, I can resume these two years in just a heartbeat. Many important things happened during this period, but they are in the past, so I can hardly take time into consideration or value. Sometimes one can learn something in a second, or it can take a lifetime. I like your point about being surrounded of people you can learn from. Maybe they have the same "north", and walking along with them makes you grow too.

David Navarro López

David Navarro López

vor 4 Jahren #14

#4
I have told you many times, my Lord. My sword is yours.

Lisa Gallagher

Lisa Gallagher

vor 4 Jahren #13

I swear I'm being led lately to read blogs that speak of humanity, finding our own path and remembering we are all human and all humans have flaws. I think it's easy to get caught in the mind 'trap' of thinking, "I don't fit in, or I'm not good enough," sometimes when we feel this way, if we are with someone stronger (friend, family member our spouse), we need to listen because they may give us the answers. The answers may not feel right at the moment but if we listen well many times we find our way with the help of others. You're so correct David Navarro L\u00f3pez, the perfect path doesn't exist and one thing that is constant is change. But, we need to follow the path less traveled at times in order to keep progressing. Mistakes will happen but that's how we learn too.

Pascal Derrien

Pascal Derrien

vor 4 Jahren #12

Very interesting ping pong between uniqueness, paths, opposites and commonality, personally I have the plan of no plans just going with the flow.........

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#11
I am reading your comment dear Aleta Curry response and you both put a small on my face this morning. I wrote a buzz yesterday on A Simple Approach to Storytelling: https://www.bebee.com/producer/@ali-anani/a-simple-approach-to-storytelling which is in many ways in response to your both comments. Curiously enough, I tagged David's name to my buzz just prior to reading your comments. I told David this buzz reminds me of David and I. Now, reading your comments I feel I was right. If there is no apparent third option, we may create it. In a brilliant post dear CityVP \ud83d\udc1d Manjit wrote a buzz on my buzz, which is so deep, so lively and so thoughtful. I strongly recommend it for both of you as well as all readers of this buzz https://www.bebee.com/producer/@cityvp/lifecentric

David Navarro López

David Navarro López

vor 4 Jahren #10

#11
Dear Aleta, as I was mentioning in the buzz, "Something half way between a flock of sheep and a lost goat.These two opposite ends still have a tremendous amount of options which can fit anyone." These two options are the ones I would never take. To me, they are just the boundaries, the limits. In between, there is a huge amount of possibilities to choose from. With your words "forging courageously ahead" you made me remember about another post I did some time ago: Enjoy it https://www.bebee.com/producer/@david-navarro-lopez/can-the-character-be-forged

Franci 🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador

"One thing can be taken as certain. The perfect path that lasts a whole life doesn’t exist. Shortcuts, detours, and change of paths is going to be a constant in our lives, so we better get our “compass trained” - How true this is, David Navarro L\u00f3pez.

Lance 🐝 Scoular

Lance 🐝 Scoular

vor 4 Jahren #8

My Live Buzz comments to this post David Navarro L\u00f3pez https://www.bebee.com/content/1748298/1499733

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

vor 4 Jahren #7

I would add a fifth and critical element to your list of components, Time. Where you are born, who contributes to your childhood narrative and how can establish a path that is difficult to stray to far from in our adventures. A few can get above this narrative and find a whole new world of possibilities. With this elevation though we tend to loose our resources naturally embedded in traditions and narratives. Difficult top walk the traditional path once exposed to the higher thoughts of new paradigm. Your thoughts are interesting as they bring the real question of environmental path boundaries or self determination. When i broke the mold of my high school friends i lost all of them. I saw a path that i couldn't describe but just new that the traditional path was not for me. The wisdom and people i met along this path changed my perspective on many things. Without the traditional perspective of my friends it was difficult to keep the relationships. Great thoughts as we look at how time pushes us down the road to the next decision. One should ask them the question, am i honoring my narrative or forging a new paradigm?

Lance 🐝 Scoular

Lance 🐝 Scoular

vor 4 Jahren #6

Thought provoking David Navarro L\u00f3pez 👥ed🐝🐝🐤🔥🚲

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Special congratulations to Lena Bader for this grand dedication.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Be your own compass and check your path while walking through the path of your life. This is a great buzz by a deep thinker dearDavid Navarro L\u00f3pez. It is a must read. Be careful with the choices that you have because you may create a choice that is far better than what is available for you. A great buzz that we all need to read to make a worthy lifestyle. I am completely overwhelmed by my mention in this must read buzz. Thank you dear David. I am honored to have friends of your quality.

David Navarro López

David Navarro López

vor 4 Jahren #3

Lance \ud83d\udc1d Scoular Your comments are more than welcome

David Navarro López

David Navarro López

vor 4 Jahren #2

Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee Your comments are more than welcome

David Navarro López

David Navarro López

vor 4 Jahren #1

Please Katja Bader, let Lena see this one

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