“One recognizes one’s course by discovering the paths that stray from it.”
Throughout life’s journey we come across many pathways to choose from in order to reach our true meaning of purpose as to why we are all here. Maybe its to be a doctor or n educator. Or perhaps it is to be social worker or and activist for a worthy cause. Whatever it is it is important to stay the course no matter what.
It goes without saying that there will be times that we will be tempted to go off course and head down towards certain pathways that may lead us further from discovering our true destiny rather than bringing us closer to it. This why it is important that we rely on our moral compass in helping us to realize and identify the emotions we are experiencing in those moments of doubt and uncertainty when we are unsure which way to go in life. Once we are able to recognize our emotions we can be utilize our self-management skills to better control out impulses which can lead to better responsible decision making.
Steven Covey often said that we need to begin with the end of mind. If we know what that specifically is, we know what we want and what we don’t. Thus, the pathways that may lead us astray are therefore avoided. Now you may ask, what if I don’t know what know what my course is or which direction to go in? You do know one thing, and that is what you do not want. By knowing this you make choices that keep you on the straight and narrow path. Each decision made leads you one step closer to self discovery. Remember as the saying goes not all who wander are lost. And to add one other part to this phrase, no one is ever truly alone either. To quote the late and great Jim Valvano, “Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.” Stay true to yourself. Stay true to your moral compass.
What does this quote mean to you and how can you apply today’s message towards defining/refining your own moral compass?