In the pursuit of our goals, many times we may stray from our path, by walking the road we think we must be on to achieve them. This may sound as a contradiction, but it is not. For example, you might have worked hard in trying to achieve your dreams, and suddenly realize, that the path you are on – the same path that is supposed to make those dreams possible – is taking you farther from them. How is that possible? Well, it is.
It has to do with approach. When you have a goal, there are many ways to work towards achieving it – many approaches, many paths. It happens that sometimes, one of those paths is not quite leading to what feels as “this is it” or “I am getting there.” You may even feel that you are getting sidetracked and going nowhere. In that case, you have to step back and take a look at the picture in front of you. It can be compared to looking at a painting – if you are too close to it, it becomes blurry; once you take a step back, you start seeing the picture once more. Our dreams are not so different from that example.
Learning when to step back is where it may be a bit tricky. When you are actively pursuing your dream, and you start feeling disconnected to it or just going trough the motions, that is a sign. It is telling you that you have to step back and reassess your path. A question that I ask myself is – “If I continue in this path, what will be the possible result?” This usually gives me a clue that lets me know that it is time to change the approach, without abandoning my goal. I may have to eliminate some things, keep others, or do something different. Sometimes, it is a matter of evaluating where you are and thinking of what set you on that path. Many times, the answer waits at the start.
Sometimes, it is hard to comprehend that just because an approach is not working as expected, it does not mean that you have to throw your entire plan away. In that case, it is necessary to step back to move forward.
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The world seems to be in chaos, or at least, that is what the news I hear suggest. It is very sad what is happening to Japan and our brothers and sisters there. The Japanese have given us a lesson. I don’t hear sleuthing or rapes, or people turning against each other. I see brave citizens going through very hard and unimaginable times holding on to each other and keeping their spirits up, despite the size of the adversity afflicting their country. In their darkest hour, they have shine their light.
Natural disasters and man-made disasters are never good. We have created time bombs on this planet, and forgot about the power of Nature. What is happening in Japan, can happen any time to other developed countries – including our beloved USA. This is why countries should start rethinking and taking measures to lessen the damage already created. We have raped this planet! This planet, as a living organism and eco system, must restore itself – however that may be – another ice age or whatever …
I am tired of hearing about doomsday, the end of the world, Armageddon, and 2012. Don’t blame God, Christ, religion…, for something that is part of a natural occurrence and part man-made, as we have abused the resources of this planet. I consider myself a christian, but a responsible one. Maybe it is time we stop thinking about Armageddon and the end of the world and start living more responsible on this planet. Maybe we should get off our asses and do our part and stop thinking that God is the one who is responsible for fixing everything. He gave humanity a wonderful place to live and we have neglected our home. Then, we run scared to the closest pharmacy and the nearest website to buy iodine tablets in case the radiation in Japan reaches us on this side of the planet.
My heart goes out to our Japanese brothers and sisters who are going through such pain and hard times. Let’s help them however each one of us can – every little counts. Maybe we can start here in the Occident by not going nuts and exhausting the iodine tablet supply that the citizens of some Japan areas may need more. At times like this, we are one race – human.