Choose a direction, not a destination

Life isn't about picking a destination and then spending the rest of your life getting there, but rather choosing a direction and then making the most of that journey.

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  1. Indeed. It is related to living in this Now moment. There is no past nor future, only Now, which rolls over into the next Now, into the next, etc. ad infinitum. This does not mean that one does not make plans, certainly that’s viable. Once the plans/direction are chosen, however, then move on in the journey you have set forth and make the most of each Now moment as they arise along the way. An example might be a college student. The student chooses a major and understands the required classes (direction) for four years to reach the point of graduation in that major. At the beginning of each semester, she/he registers for the necessary classes to move along towards that ultimate goal. Once signed-up, enjoy the ride. No need to worry what is necessary (that’s already established), nor try to live in the next semester or two either. They don’t exist, and have not appeared in the scholastic journey yet. Here lies the secret to “making the most” of the college journey (as well, one may relax into it). Namaste!

    • Thank you for sharing here, Ricky.

      One thing I constantly remind myself of is that our destination is open to changing, every moment. We don’t need to feel “trapped” by the destination we choose.

      If the destination no longer fits with our goals in life, we should pick and new destination immediately.

      Relating this back to your college example, I think many people pick a major and then, even after realizing they’re not interested in that major, they continue with it anyway, spending years learning and working towards graduation only to do absolutely nothing with the degree (or the knowledge) when they’re done.

      That’s why I think it’s so important to focus on the journey. Let the destination change as needed based on new things you learn and discover on the journey. 🙂

      • Good words, Raam, and I agree. The college example was to demonstrate living in the moments along the journey and not try to be somewhere else (past/future). And to be open to changing direction for sure. A high school junior or senior that has never left home has only that bubble of influence when making a decision such as a major. Once on a campus, and exposed to new people, ideas, etc., one may well change direction (“based on new things you learn and discover”) of her/his academic journey. I changed my major 3 times that I can remember! But yes sir, you said it well: “If the destination no longer fits with our goals in life, we should pick and new destination immediately.” That’s what freedom is all about, and sometimes maybe we need to remind ourselves that we ARE free (there’s a topic for you to tackle :o) ). Namaste!


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