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Monday, April 13, 2015

Which Way?

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"Everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was."
--Robert Louis Stevenson

The quotation above is what I call a profound statement! Stevenson’s words probably show a result of intense thought to come up with that. But what great truth does he impart with this sentence?

On the one hand I can attribute wisdom to his words, then on the other hand I almost want to say, “Duh!?” But we can apply this statement to our lives.

Joyce Myer often says, “I’m not where I want to be but, praise God, I’m not where I used to be.” Putting her statement and Stevenson’s words together, let’s assume we’re all in an equal or improved state of being than where we began.

Nobody starts any part of their life journey striving to become worse off than they were. Surely no one aims to degrade themselves. We all want to move forward, not backward. Sometimes we may hit a brick wall, confused about which path to take to
reach what we define as success.

However, we all continue to make plans, look to the future. We hope we can reach our goals. We don’t want to get disappointed. We want to attain pleasure, happiness, and contentment in whatever we’re planning. Just as we want for our children and grandchildren a better life than we’ve had, we do think about our own tomorrows.

Sometimes we look backward, remember an especially happy time in our lives, and silently may wish we could go back there. But we can’t drive a car very well while looking in the rearview mirror. We must look ahead.

Even if we’re content with our lives, it is human nature to want things to be better. Businesses set yearly goals, 5-year goals, and 10-year goals. We’re also prone to make lofty plans for the future. Where would you like to be in your life journey in ten years?

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