Saturday, February 11, 2006

Where You Look

Don't look where you fall, but where you slipped.
African Proverb

This quote is perfect advise if we hope to reduce the chance of re-falling in the same place over and over, forevermore. In fact, it says where you land does not matter much, which is comforting. It is more sensible and of immeasurable value to know why you fell and how to repair the tripping place.
Slippery spots are everywhere; possessing knowledge is like an unlimited supply of sand to sprinkle as needed before you try to travel forward. The more attention to the place you place your feet will enable you to gather insight that will be invaluable in shedding light on the road ahead. And as an added bonus we have a much harder time regretting the things that teach us something.
The fact that everyone slips is certain. All of us fall plenty too. Finding ways to tumble less often or more gracefully seems a wise choice. Everyone goes through areas of travel where we simply stumble along, too distracted to watch our footing or even notice which direction we are headed. It is akin to driving for miles, deep in thought, only to find yourself near your destination with no clear memory of how you got there. Auto pilot is not meant as the normal way to function, but switching it off takes attention to detail.
And getting up once down then retracing steps to the cause of the fall takes energy we often believe we lack. We convince ourselves that it would be wasted time, nothing will ever change anyway. Thinking that way creates its own reality. Gather strength then go toward the place that tripped you up. Deal with it once completely and it cannot inspire any more dust biting falls. A similar spot may cause you to slide, but the knowledge you gained will keep you erect, giving you time to sand dust the place of your next foot step.