My father once taught me a trick question that he used to use in a college class on forest-fire control. He asked his students this question: If there was a fire coming from a certain direction and the wind was coming from another direction, what is the best thing to do?
Some of the students said, ‘The first thing to do is to get the fire brigade.’
Some others said, ‘The first thing to do is to get the fire extinguisher.’
Yet others, said, ‘The first thing to do is to allow it to burn out.’
The right answer said my father is to ‘run like hell and pray for rain’.
But few students ever got the right answer.
The best way is to know that there are times to bail out, there are times to quit, there are times to run, there are times to leave the struggle and there are times to devote time for joy!
Before I entered the police profession, I worked as a supervisor in a stone quarry, overseeing blasting of rocks, breaking of stones and transporting them in trucks.
Then I became a teacher and I thought that it was the best profession in the world moulding young minds. But I had to change my profession and I became a policeman. Ultimately I gave up planning life but giving my best to the work that came my way.
To stay tuned to your path requires that your mind remain focussed on the present, as this provides a constant feedback that helps to assess and reassess your goals.
We pick up signals in our mind, body and spirit that tell us what we are doing is right or wrong.
If you start hating what you are doing or who you are with, if you get depressed, have aches and pains, have a chronic knot in the guts, and engage in justification and rationalization, maybe, you need to reassess what you are doing.
One of the mysteries of life is to find the right path to travel. Happiness comes from the way we accept or reject the path to travel. Happiness comes from the way we accept or reject the path that unfolds. Listening to our hearts and listening to our bodies and turning into the things that bring joy is the secret of a successful journey.