1000 Steps

Day 356 Week 51 Q4 Saturday, December 23, 2023

Once you are on the right path, life becomes easier, as all you have to do is keep walking in the direction you are going. This has rarely happened to me, as I am, in general, second-guessing my path and reinventing it, and therefore, getting off it before it gets to where it is going. Perhaps courage is involved.

You see, you could never really feel if you never really tried. As long as I interrupt the final steps of the process and do not complete it, then you can never be judged. All of us are works in progress for our entire lives. As such, we could never really be completely judged, and that is as it should be, for we never need to be completely judged. Who said we had to ever submit to being judged? Especially by ourselves.

The only judgment that needs to be made is, am I on the right path at this point in time? It does not need to be more complicated than that. If things are moving in the direction that you want them to, and you feel that it is likely to continue in that way, then why would you want to get off the path? Why not take this path for another thousand steps or as long as it takes to get to where you are going?

Of course, this implies that you do know where you’re going. It also implies that you knew where you were. Forte, if you do not know where you are or where you are going, how can you tell if you are on the path? Until you know this, there’s no point in taking the 1000 steps or in committing to an extended trek.

It seems to me that every moment in time is a potential actionable vantage point. Appoint from which you can view where you were, where you are, and where you were going to see if you were on course or not. Just as ocean waves push the boat off course and wind switches airplanes off course as part of their normal forward motion, we spend, too, a lot of our time, of course.

This is not a criticism of ships, airplanes, their pilots, or us. It is simply the nature of life in the universe. There are rarely straight paths to any place. You can consider what is in your way an obstacle, or you can consider it just part of the way the world is, and just part of what your process has to be in, figuring out how to adapt to circumstances and work the problem and create solutions. Not only is this not a bad thing, but it is also an excellent thing because you are exercising the greatest superpower human beings have, adapting to reality.

So take the thousand steps. Periodically check in to make sure you are on the right path. And just keep putting 1 foot in front of the other, you will get there.