Monday, March 13, 2006

Those Frightful Things

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.
Henry Ford, 1863-1947, American Industrialist and Founder of Ford Motor Company

Keeping your eyes on a goal makes it seem as if you have fewer obstacles and any you do have are much smaller and more easily managed. We all naturally travel at different speeds. Stride measurements vary in distance spanned and comfort zones are determined by nature; snails cannot travel easily beside horses, so walking in step is an exercise in compromise. We are not always alone, sometimes by circumstance or by design our personal goal is also a group destination.
Obstacles are where the lessons are kept, and if a group works together none encountered can do more than slow down progress. If a collection of souls and hearts unite with one goal in mind there is nowhere they cannot reach. But when even one of the travelers turn their focus upon those frightful things the whole group slows to a crawl. One voice then the next will echo, "Look toward the prize" then a rhythm returns to their footsteps.
Walking alone is much harder. When that echo occurs there is nobody to point toward safety. Responsibility rests with each of us to encourage others when necessary and ourselves when needed. Using force to lift your eyes off of a source of fright onto a source of might makes sense. Act brave even if your knees bang like a drum and before too very long it will be no act. Do a deliberate action before you allow an automatic reaction. Lift your head and point your eyes where you want your feet to tread. Hook your passion, listen for your drum-beat, and follow your dream past the obstacles and proudly claim the prize.