“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”–Lao Tzu
We have many dreams, we have many plans, we want to do so many things all at the same time.
We want to establish and start several business ventures, we want to go to this place and that, we want to start learning a new skill or hobby, we want to enroll and take up a masteral degree program, we want to meet friends and acquaintances. We plan all these activities alongside our current responsibilities of taking care of our career and our family.
We seem to be going at different directions all at the same time. Yet, with all these planned activities we can’t seem to go somewhere or anywhere. We are like a rocking chair which is constantly moving but does not go anywhere.
At the end of the day while lying in bed and exhausted we seem to be paralyzed by the thought that we have to do so many things in so short a time. At times we feel we are overwhelmed by the influx of things to do and this simply immobilizes us into inaction. This is where the details of things start to set in. And this is where we start losing steam and enthusiasm.
As I go through with life, I realized that I do not need to punish and stress and stretch myself too much because of all my planned activities. I just need to focus on what is urgent and what is important. Then do those things right away. Take things one step at a time.
I just need to focus on the most important thing right now for me – to be a good husband to my wife and an ideal father to my two teen-age daughters. I learned that if I am focused on those aspects alone everything will fall in its places. In all these I also try to establish a positive relationship with God even if at times this is rather bumpy and inconsistent.
I have already experienced many trials in my life that tested my endurance and patience and even my faith. But somehow I found out the truth about the saying, “If God closes a door, somewhere in the house He opens a window.” I learned that we should not lose hope even if our business failed, lost a job, suffered tremendous loss because of natural and man-made calamities. There is always a better opportunity waiting for us only if we know where to look. I found out things like these make us stronger emotionally and physically.
Living in today’s milieu allow us to do things faster and better. Technology has allowed us to communicate with family and friends half-way across the globe and technology has also allowed us to do our jobs faster and better.
However, we should not allow ourselves to be controlled and dictated by all these technological advancement. Instead, we must use these technologies to enhance our humanity and use it to live peacefully with our fellow human beings. Afterall, life is too short to be encased in anger, frustrations, revenge and hostility. Negative feelings shorten our already short life.
Determine where we are now, identify what is urgent and important in our lives, plan a course of action, launch ourselves into full action and eventually we will all get to where we want to go.
Indeed, we all must begin with a single step.