Thursday, October 24, 2013

Focus Forward

Feeling a little philosophical today. Found this buried in my bookmarks and it seemed like good advice:
Reality is neutral, it is nothing but a blank void. It's our focus that creates the path ahead.

Remember the scene in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade when Indy has to solve the final riddle to get to the Holy Grail? He's standing at the edge of a cliff, no clear solution in sight, and he sucks in a deep breath and takes a full step out. What happens? Instead of falling into nothingness, he steps onto a bridge - one that only appeared if the step was taken.

I want to take this metaphor further. Imagine being on the edge of the cliff, you step out, and wherever you step, is the direction you go. That's what our focus is. In the blank void it literally creates the step in front of us. Up, down, left, right, diagonal, moment by moment.

You focus on the positive, that's the next step. You focus on the negative, that's the next step. Step by step by step, we create the paths of our lives.

If you think about it, that's pretty much the only control we have - what we focus on.

But first, choose a goal.

Decide where you want to end up.

Memorize it. Etch it into your heart.

Eat it, sleep it, breathe it, live it.

And don't forget to ask for help along the way from those you trust.

After that, the path almost makes itself.

Where do you want to go?


  1. Well, if you don't have anything big, pick something small.

    Something within your line of site.

    Baby steps are ok.

    Horizons change with every destination arrived at.

  2. I've hit so many dead ends I'm kinda afraid I'll baby step my way right into another rock wall.

  3. Rock wall?

    No problem:

  4. Looks a bit daunting...

    I think I need to do a little personal strength training first.

    Maybe after some time...

    Nothing's impossible, right? :)


  5. Right.

    Except maybe buying Obamacare online...