Earlier this year I wrote a post about The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor and explained the 3 paths that one experiences in his or her life. I mentioned how many of us need to find a “third path” and that the most logical way for me to go about finding it, personally, was to focus on being a living-asset to others…Only then would others do the same for me.

Essentially, I decided I would pursue wholeheartedly, a Christian way of living: to be happy, no matter the circumstances. While it took time and practice, eventually I began to believe in my happiness and it began to not only impact me, but others too!

Part of finding a third path involved a realization that life is short. I needed to plan fun activities and not waste the precious time and good health that God has given me on this earth to venture out and explore.

Another part of the path was accepting that some people would not be traveling with me on it… and that is perfectly OK!

I could no longer allow life to pass by without pursuing the things that I dreamed of doing… Essentially, I needed to run with God and trust that He would find a way for those that want to join us, to catch up.

One thing that I dreamed of doing, for instance, was to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination exhibit in New York City.

I had the pleasure of visiting it yesterday with two of my cousins, and can say that it was one of the best pilgrimages I have ever made. I felt so much peace and happiness being there, which is an indicator that it was aligned with God’s plan.

Some of the pieces (especially the first-class relics of some of the saints) stirred my heart and soul to the point of chills. After seeing some of them, I remember feeling such a burning love and whispering to God in my head “I just love you so much.”

The way that the pieces were so intricately and beautifully designed were a true glimpse of what heaven must be like. They definitely served their purpose and turned my gaze toward God and the beauty of living a life centered around the faith.

I am thankful that I was able to visit the exhibit and feel as though it was an excellent point of interest along my third path. For those reading, I highly recommend that you take a chance to visit this exhibit.

I also challenge you to pursue your third path and find a way to fulfill the dreams God has placed in your heart.

Peace and Blessings,

V.