So I saw this quote early today at the gym and I had to share it with you: “Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you’ll be able to see farther” by John Pierpont Morgan. (Note to self: love that the source says, “This quote is about possibilities.” – Thanks for clarifying!!) You know how people and quotes and things come into your life at seemingly just the right time? This quote did that for me. And I hope it does the same for you.
I think we are all looking for possibilities. I’ve been talking to a lot of folks lately who are dealing with some tough situations – my creative cohert in crime and one of my all-time favorite people Susan is convinced that there is something in the air polluting things for everyone. (Thinking about all the toxins in the air, water and food, I violently believe she is correct – I will specifically mention my personal aversion to Sweet ‘n Low for those I have been trying to talk out of using – you know who you are. 🙂 ) But there are always tough situations that need to be managed. People lose their jobs and their homes, die, divorce, move on, get pissed, you name it. The questions should be not – why me? Or, why did this happen? The questions must be: where do I go from here? And most importantly, what do I want? (Another wise friend gave me that last one – lucky for me I know all these wise people.)
So I myself have been in a bit of a pickle. And I’ve been struggling with trying to figure out what to do, what do I want, where do I want to go. And then I saw that quote this morning and I thought – wait a minute! I don’t have to figure it all out right this very minute. Maybe it’s okay if I just go as far as I can up the mountain for right now, one step at a time, and when I get there, I will know more. I will see more.
And suddenly things didn’t seem so big and insurmountable.
I thought – I can do this. I can just follow the path down the direction that feels right. And when I get there, I can stop and rest for a moment, have a hard-boiled egg and a protein bar, take in the panoramic view of the trees and the sky; watch the cardinals and sparrows diving in and out of the trees; stretch my hamstrings, make a few calls, catch up on Facebook and emails (all simultaneously of course), and then – voila! I will see something I could not from the bottom of the mountain or the last mile I just hiked.
And so that’s what I did today. I thought through my dilemma as far as I could for the moment. Then I paused, went back to regular life, and let things simmer. I sifted through the possibilities without stressing about the end goal. I took things as far as I could see. And when I came back to my dilemma, I had a powerful flash of insight: I know what I want. I know what needs to happen next. At least, for the next chapter of this journey. I don’t know how others will react or respond. It doesn’t matter. All I know is that I see farther now than I could this morning. And tomorrow, I know now that I will see even more than I could today. I am hopeful. Open to the possibilities. (Cue Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good.“)
Today, give yourself the gift of going as far as you can see.