Monday, October 14, 2013

Everyone of Us Wants to Arrive!

Everyone of us wants to arrive but some of us want to arrive without making the trip. That is annoying. Isn't it?

People who want to milk should not seat themselves
on a stool in the middle of a field
in the hope that a cow will back up to them.
– Elbert Hubbard

You know what I am talking about. You want to accomplish something but you want to accomplish it without doing anything about it. Here is a universal truth. You have to make the trip if you want to arrive. When you make that trip, you will be confronted with problems. What you do with such problems is your choice. You may choose to do nothing but hope that things will become better. When you do this you suffer. Or you move out – you quit or move away thinking that the person who triggers such problems will cease to exist in future. Or you confront the problem and find a solution. Unfortunately, many of us choose to suffer. When you suffer, the trip becomes unpleasant. It does not encourage you to arrive!

Fixing a broken window is good. It is good, if you have the ability to fix it again in future. It may become an expensive affair unless you find ways to stop it from happening. Fixing a problem will help you continue the journey but it does not improve the journey when there is a recurrent problem. You may have to find what causes the problem and fix it. Or you may have to change the way something is done.

What do we do with the fear of the unknown? How do we understand it and decide on a course of action? Are we ready to confront it? It is true that failing to confront fear of the unknown means living a life of quiet desperation?

When you live a life of quiet desperation, you don’t know what stops you from moving forward. You live with fear of the unknown. When someone asks you why, the answer is, “I don’t know.”

When you give up like this, you fail. It is a failure when you don’t rebound or get back. Failure is never permanent. You fail when you try something. You fail when you try something different. When you keep trying you see some improvement. Improvement is a way to avoid permanent failure.

I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career.
I’ve lost almost 300 games.
26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed.
I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life.
And that is why I succeed.
- Michael Jordon

Let us make the trip. Let us not fear the unknown. Let us be courageous and solve our problems. No doubt, we will arrive!

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