It’s like she knows. Every day for months she has filled my feed with “positive,” “life-affirming,” “inspirational” drivel, but as soon as I go looking for it she quits. How does she know? How could she? At this juncture I think I and perhaps two other people are aware that this blog even exists.
Never the less, I will not be dissuaded. I’ll simply plug my nose and dive into the back catalog.
Tenets for Tuesday, July 14th, 2015
- Great journeys begin with a single step of positive attitude.
Interpretation: Positive thinking! That’s the difference between a great journey and a terrible one. At least, that’s what I am to believe from this little nugget. It is of no matter the difficulty of the road, the quality of the shoes, or the change in the weather. As long as you’re thinking happy thoughts, everything will be peachy.
- Some of the best days of your life haven’t happened yet. Just relax and keep going.
Interpretation: Optimism! Look behind you, see the best days you’ve experienced thus far. Know that there are more “best days” to come. Know also that the ratio of best days to worst days will likely remain unchanged. That is, unless you’ve started this journey with positive thinking. . . Unless you’ve always started every journey with positive thinking, in which case, probably not going to change anything.
- I am learning to trust the journey even when I don’t understand it.
Interpretation: This one is harder because I don’t understand it in the context of the above. The whole notion of positive results through positive thinking relies on the idea that somehow your attitude can enable you to control the situation; that as long as you maintain a positive outlook on life, good things are headed your way. “Trusting the journey” seems to imply a lack or loss of control. It’s the idea that if your positive thinking doesn’t seem to be getting you where you want to go, sit back, relax and “trust” that some of the best days haven’t happened yet.
- Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life.
Interpretation: Get yourself pointed in the right direction and start moving. Forward. Trust the journey. Did anyone happen to grab a map that shows which direction is right?
This seems to be a common thread which permeates a number of these little inspirations; the notion that as long as you’re moving in the right direction everything is going to be a-okay. Problem is, few, if any, I’ve seen actually indicate which direction that is; or even how to determine if the path you’re on is the right one. In fact, as we’ve seen above, it seems to be a foregone conclusion that any path is the correct path, so long as you’ve got a smile on your face. In which case, any step in any direction has the potential to be the biggest step in your life.
Therefore, either one or more of the above are incorrect, or this one is utterly meaningless.
- Sometimes we are so afraid of change that we miss amazing opportunities that the universe has sent us…
Interpretation: I’m inclined to agree here. It’s easy to get comfortable in a rut of repetition and routine. So comfortable, in fact, that changing this routine becomes frightening, even terrifying. Opportunities lie all along this road we travel, and every bump has the ability to bounce your wheels right out of that groove. The question is whether or not you’ll allow it change the course of your journey
Today’s Lesson: You’ll note a travel theme today; this is deliberate as I had the luxury of picking and choosing from several months of these things. Clearly, life as a journey seems to be a popular analogy. We all travel this road from birth to death (some would believe we travel it multiple times) and the big question is; do you follow in the footsteps, in the ruts of those who came before you? Those who have travelled the road before and can guide you around the pitfalls and potholes to a comfortable, worry free, ride into the grave? Or do you blaze your own trail and worry about the dangers as you encounter them, relying only on your wits and resourcefulness?
Really, it is all about that journey, since it ends the same for all of us. Personally, I’ve walked the nice paved roads for a long time; but I keep noticing my eye being drawn to the shrubbery. Surely there are wonders out there, but it is scary. I don’t know that I’m yet ready to dive into the bushes and start chopping away the thorns, but I’m definitely drifting closer to the edge of the path.
Whatever I end up doing, though, I certainly won’t be diving in smiling blindly and relying only on the power of positive thought. While it may be true that some of my best days haven’t happened yet; I’ll bet there are a fair share of worst days pending as well.