One Destination, Thousands of Roads

by Karen Arnold

by Karen Arnold

“If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.”

– Lewis Carroll

Where am I headed?

Am I on the right road?

Is this what I’m meant to be doing?

Did I make a mistake?

We spend altogether too much time worrying about the past.

Those things in the past you regret or long for are long gone and what you did is done. What has been is gone, and whether you wish it could be again or wish it had never happened, it has nothing to do with your future. It’s a part of who you are now, but it isn’t and won’t be a part of who you become unless you let it.

I’m all for learning from the past, evaluating previous performance to enhance the next, etc. but it does take time. And the more time you take to figure out how to get where you’re going, the less time you spend actually getting there. The trick is to plan well enough to make the trip faster, don’t plan so much it slows you down.

You have one destination. When you get there, you’ll see that. Just remember that wherever you’re going, there are a thousand roads to get there. Some are easier, some are harder, but they’ both lead to the same place, and they’re both beautiful in their own ways.

You may not know where you’re going and you’re bound to take the wrong path sometimes. That is true. But if you just keep moving forward with your eyes open, that doesn’t matter as much as we think.

 

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