MY father once taught me a trick-question he used in a college class on forest-fire control. If there was a fire coming from a certain direction and wind was coming from another what is the best thing to do?
Some answered ‘get the fire brigade’. Others said ‘get the fire extinguisher’. Yet others said ‘allow it to burn out’. The right answer is ‘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, quit, run, leave the struggle and devote time for joy!
Before I entered the police profession, I started 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 when 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, which 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, get depressed, have aches and pains, have a chronic knot in the guts, 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 our bodies and turning into the things that bring joy is the secret of a successful journey.