This is the story of a highly intelligent & hard-working gentleman.
He had a very positive attitude towards life and used to do his job well and with a smile on his face, always.
We all know, thats a difficult thing to do. But he ensured that he kept a very very positive attitude in everything he did.
One evening, he was invited to a friend’s for dinner. He started his car and gets on with his drive to the friends place. He was looking forward to it, as he really liked his friend and was supposed to meet new people in the right places as well.
There was only one petty issue: Since this was the first visit to his friends house, he didn’t know the address.
This was, of course, a minor thing. Since he had a positive attitude and he could still have a smile on his face and get on with this ‘task’ better than others and excel. Nothing else mattered.
So, he drives on… But the friends place in nowhere in sight. He calls his wife up and asks what to do… She says: Be Positive! Put a smile to your face!
Righto! He says… (Most men listen to their wives! Did I say MOST?)
So he smiles… (At least tries to!)
He calls his boss, who says, you need to work hard, be creative, be friendly…
He floors the gas. The car is moving fast…very fast.
Yet, the destination is nowhere in sight.
Imagine how he must be feeling! Like the face in the picture above…
Has this happened to you?
How could you start off for somewhere and not have the address in hand… Or at least the general direction? You could always call your friend up when you get near and take the address and reach the place in time.
Thats FOOLISH! Right? How could he be an intelligent man if he doesn’t know the basics!
You might know the address to your friends place, or wherever you have to go, but, do you know where you are going in life?
In your career?
In your studies?
In your business?
Your spiritual life?
Your family life?
In everything you do or want to do?
Where do you want to reach?
Have you ever marked yourself on the things that are or should be important to you, to make you whole?
And if you have, did you get a 10 on 10 (or at least 7-8 on 10!) on all the various ‘segments’ of your life?
I’d rather not ask! Isn’t that too personal?
I heard a similar example like the above on a CD of Mr Azim Jamal – The Corporate Sufi. He reiterated an important ingredient of our life, and we all know how seriously we take it.
Thinking about where we are going and we have to go should a part of our regular routine, our calendar, every evening. Before you go to sleep. Doesn’t take more than 3 minutes to know if you have inched towards your goals/dreams today or away from it.
I would call it: Your internal GPS – Global Positioning System. It could only work IF it knows the destination.
I know I have been the one who has been harping on positive attitude in all circumstances, but having a positive attitude without a vision/dream/goal/direction is useless.
Once you know the direction, then you can put a smile on your face, work hard, be nice to people… But before the end in mind, nothing matters.
I wrote an earlier post Why What Happens To Us Happens To Us. Check it out, it might help.
I would like to know your thoughts on this.
Follow your passion…