I sincerely believe that it is far more beneficial and far less costly to help a child build confidence than it is to fix an adult who has little or none.

Change your direction

on January 16, 2014

Where are you headed in life?  Is your path leading you towards something that will bring happiness and success or one that is leading you towards misery and destruction?

If you have a good attitude and a positive perspective, it will keep you heading in the right direction.  If you have a bad attitude and a negative perspective, it will take you in the wrong direction.  We should all take time to consider where we are going in life and how we are going to get there.  Sometimes it is necessary to make some positive changes to avoid disaster.

Here is a story that I heard that shows what happens when we get off course and head in the wrong direction….

shipIt was a foggy night and the ship’s captain saw lights coming towards them from a distance.  Thinking it was another ship that was heading for a collision, he quickly signalled them to change their course 10 degrees west.  The reply came back, “Change your ship’s direction 10 degrees east”.  The captain was a high-ranking official and was upset that anyone would refuse his request, so he signalled back that he was a sea captain with 35 years of experience and he wanted them to change course 10 degrees west.  Quickly the signal came back, “I am a seaman fourth class and you change your course 10 degrees east”.  The captain was enraged and he gave his final warning to the ship, “I am a 50,000 ton freighter.  YOU change YOUR course 10 degrees west”!  The message came back, “I am a lighthouse.  You change your course”! 

Well it doesn’t take a genius to figure out who needed to change their course.  The sea captain thought he was right and didn’t want to budge because he felt he was more important.  This is the problem with a lot of people.  They think they are right and don’t want to make any changes.  However, being right is not what is important.  Instead, doing the right thing is far more important even though it means we may have to admit we are wrong and make some changes.

Stop and think about what you are doing.  Ask yourself where you are heading.  Then change your direction so you will end up where you want to go.

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