Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
~ Albert Einstein
A friend of mine inspired this article. He was mulling over where he was in life and how he’d gotten there. I’ve asked very similar questions at various times in my life.
You might’ve heard this next story or some variation of it. Not only is it relevant, but, it is helpful for us in analyzing our way of thinking and doing. We need to consider choices we’ve made and continue to make if we are to change them.
A person (you or I) was walking down a certain street and falls into a great hole. We are unable to extricate ourselves from the hole without much trying and much effort. But, after several attempts, we are able to paw our way out of the hole. The following day we find ourselves walking down the same block, down the same street, and again falling right into the same hole. Again, it takes several attempts to get out. A third day we come to the street, KNOWING what’s down the street, but, again, we walk down and fall into this s-a-m-e nasty little hole. This pattern continues on and on until one day we come up to this street and look down it. We know full well what that street has to offer as we have been on it so many times. We then make a life-changing decision. We decide that another hole on another street on another day may hold us captive (a willing captive, I might add). Another street might have holes waiting for us. But, it won’t be this hole on this street on this day. We decide to take another street.
“You must lookout for your own best interests.”
I have done a whole lot of digging in my life. The darnedest thing is that it was all by choice. Very seldom have I fallen into a hole that has taken me by surprise. Some holes are worse than others. But, you can free yourself from almost ANY hole as I have found out. It may take a while, but, it can be done. The catch is that you must avoid the streets that you know have holes. You must lookout for your own best interests. If you don’t, who will? Make it a point today (and tomorrow) to steer clear of those streets. Make choices that fulfill, not kill.
Are you better at digging yourself out of holes or steering clear of them to begin with?
Now, get out there and live it, and Live it LOUD!