“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.
“I don’t care much care where-” said Alice.
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat
–Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Too often this is the mentality we hold. Not necessarily on purpose, but we will aimlessly go through life wondering where to go next, despite not having any goals we expect to end up where we want. But how can you finish a race without a finish line?
If that is the case, stop for a few moments and write down some goals… or even just one. Something that you can work towards so that you don’t just go through the motions. Do it so that you can better yourself and your life. Do it so that you have a direction to go and purpose in your steps. Do it so you can actually live your life, and not just exist.
Benjamin Franklin once said, “Some people die at 25 and aren’t buried until 75.” Don’t be one of those people. You are capable of so much more. So which way do you want to go?
…is so that I might not sleepwalk through my entire life.”
– Zadie Smith
Despite being an extrovert, I can be a very introspective person. I love reflecting on my life and the people in my life. I keep a journal that I write in (at least weekly) for a couple of years now.
I also found out recently that writing these reflections down has actually been shown to have health benefits. It has proven to be very therapeutic in my life as I’ve been able to process some difficult emotions and also give me a chance to explore some of my thoughts that usually roam free in my mind.
But more than that, when I write, it gives me a chance to take a look back on my life and see how far I’ve come, how much I’ve grown, and how much I’ve been blessed in my life. It’s easy to just focus on the difficult parts of life, but when I look back on what I’ve written, I see that God has provided for me and taken care of me so much, and it would be easy to miss that if I never wrote anything down at all.
So as Zadie Smith says, “The very reason I write is so that I might not sleepwalk through my entire life.”
“Ministry is giving when you feel like keeping.
Praying for others when you need to be prayed for.
Feeding others when your own soul is hungry.
Living truth before people even when you can’t see the results
Hurting with other people even when your own hurt can’t be spoken.
Keeping your word even when it is not convenient.
Is being faithful when your flesh wants to run away”
Thankful for those who serve others. Your selflessness reflects Jesus.
“Making fun of Caroline Kraft wouldn’t stop her from beating me in this contest. Calling somebody else fat wouldn’t make you any skinnier. Calling someone stupid doesn’t make you any smarter. And ruining Regina George’s life definitely didn’t make me any happier.
All you can do in life is try to solve the problem in front of you!”