Toward, Not To

By March 11, 2010 6 Comments

What if I were to give you a challenge to run to the horizon and back?  The horizon is not a real place, it is just a concept.  Sometimes we get stuck thinking we have to be perfect, and we are not OK until we get there.  Perfection is not a real place either.  You can't really even get closer to the horizon because as you approach, your perspective changes and the horizon moves farther away.  When I teach boy scouts how to use a compass, I have them get their bearings by finding a landmark somewhere way out there in the direction I want them to go and then move toward that landmark.  They are not going TO the landmark, just TOWARD it.  Use perfection as a standard only to get your bearings so you'll know what to move toward.  And remember, you are not going TO the horizon, only TOWARD it.

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  • Dr. Paul says:

    This concept has been so liberating to me personally – it really resonates with the authentic soul within each of us.

  • Very well said and great advise. Stuff we can all use in our lives.


  • Brian says:

    Not only is it good to not expect to reach the “horizon”, but it’s a good idea once in a while to take a look back and see how far you’ve come.


  • I really like the example of using a landmark to go toward. I was reading ‘From Poverty to Power’ by James Allen last night and was reminded that progress in life is a step by step journey. I definitely fit in with the immediate gratification society that we live in now. I want all of the changes I need to make to be done NOW… it is good to be reminded that it is a process.

  • Myrtle Allen says:

    We enjoyed your presentation last night at the Corner Canyon 7th Ward. Thank you for coming. I am glad I was there.

  • Jamee says:

    Good timing on this one. I was just lamenting to myself today that if I were perfect, I wouldn’t worry about my responses. Thanks for the note!