#Trust30 Day13 – Alternative Paths by Jonathan Fields

Alternative Paths by Jonathan Fields

When good is near you, when you have life in yourself, it is not by any known or accustomed way; you shall not discern the foot-prints of any other; you shall not see the face of man; you shall not hear any name; the way, the thought, the good, shall be wholly strange and new. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

The world buzzes about goals and visions. Focus. Create a vivid picture of exactly where you want to go. Dream big, then don’t let anything or anyone stop you. The problem, as Daniel Gilbert wrote in Stumbling Upon Happiness, is that we’re horrible at forecasting how we’ll really feel 10 or 20 years from now – once we’ve gotten what we dreamed of. Often, we get there only to say, “That’s not what I thought it would be,” and ask, “What now?” Ambition is good. Blind ambition is not. It blocks out not only distraction, but the many opportunities that might take you off course but that may also lead you in a new direction. Consistent daily action is only a virtue when bundled with a willingness to remain open to the unknown. In this exercise, look at your current quest and ask, “What alternative opportunities, interpretations and paths am I not seeing?” They’re always there, but you’ve got to choose to see them.

(Author: Jonathan Fields)

Today’s Sentence:

There’s few things so robbing of the self as weary exhaustion.

My Alternative Paths:

I’ve been sitting staring at this writing prompt for hours now, and getting nothing.  To know what alternative paths are before me, I’d need to have a solid idea of what my goals are. And apart from the basic (take care of my wife and family) I don’t have any solid ideas.  So today I leave you with now deep thoughts…just the reaffirmation that I have no clue what I’m doing! LOL

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Charles Child
    Jun 13, 2011 @ 22:33:43

    There is a glorious, magical freedom in being lost in the woods. . . . Along with the confusion, desperation, and fears. . .. 😛

    Reply

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