And you may find yourself living in a shotgun shack/ And you may find yourself in another part of the world/ And you may find yourself behind the wheel of a large automobile/ And you may find yourself in a beautiful house, with a beautiful wife/ And you may ask yourself, “Well… how did I get here?”
There have been quite a few periods of drastic change in my life. You look up, the dust has settled, and you wonder, where does this leave me? Where do I go now? What are my new, and bigger dreams? Whether you got knocked down or just achieved your biggest goals life calls for orienteering.
The definition of orienteering is, “using navigational skills, a map and compass to navigate from point to point in diverse and usually unfamiliar terrain, and normally moving at speed.” That sounds very much like modern life to me! One technique that I use for figuring out my truth is by drawing a personal map. All it takes is pens, pencils, paper and ten minutes to relax and get into the flow. The reason why it works is that we are primarily visual people and by using the symbols, colors, and shapes that come to us most readily we can communicate our subconscious desires and thoughts. Most of us have been drawing to communicate with others since we were children. Most of us stopped drawing when we learned to write and found that our written language explained the more complicated thoughts we had as we got older. Our drawings were suddenly “bad” or “childlike” or “unprofessional.” So we quit drawing and instead wrote compositions – nothing wrong with that, but I am asking you to go back and feel comfortable with stick figures, colors and drawing whatever comes to mind.
In my drawings, it is interesting how I started to forge my own personal iconography. Checkerboards mean being forced to make too many decisions. The wind and clouds were about fate and questioning fortune. Paths always pointed to where I was on my journey, what was behind me and in front of me. Water and the color blue was often about emotion and feelings I didn’t understand yet.
Below are all the resources you need to draw your own personal map. I really hope you try it and please feel free to share your maps with me via our Facebook Group!