There is only one path that a person can follow. While life may seem like an endless web of interconnected highways and byways, there is only one direction in which a person can go in their life. Accepting this truth may be the foundation of a search for spiritual growth and is the underpinning of the Korean term Tao.
Translated, Tao means "the way." It refers to the direction a person must take their life in order to attain enlightenment and growth. This path may not necessarily be the same for every person but there is only one direction that an individual may choose.
This is often a difficult concept for people to grasp. They look at the world around them and think that they could do just about whatever they want. However, each person was put on this Earth do one special thing. While it may take some searching, this purpose inevitably becomes clear. Fulfilling this role in the world is the key to a person's spiritual growth.
Therefore, a person should think of their Tao as a lightly trodden trail through the woods rather than a concrete highway. The highway is directionless and can go just about anywhere, but the trail has only one destination.