“Life’s a journey” is a common metaphor, encapsulating the thought that the destination is not our final goal. One of my favorite expressions in dealing with my weight loss is that I am on a journey to a healthier lifestyle … a journey that does not end.
My ongoing journey is not always smooth, with many bumps along the way. Navigating the many twists and turns is at times tiring and depressing. The constant difficulties really take a toll on my psyche.
Whether a journey is over land or sea, or rocketing through the universe, it really begins in your mind. Mind over matter is important to keep yourself going. If I didn’t refocus my mind on the lessons learned on the way, nothing else would really matter.
I can only blame myself. At one time, I must admit that I was wandering aimlessly on my journey. You might say I was directionally-challenged. There were times that I didn’t care if I was healthy or not. I figured that I really did not have control and just let life pass me by.
What really helps me make a course correction was realizing that, although my journey takes place in my mind, there was no need to do it alone. Acknowledging that I may be lost and that I need to stop to ask for directions was not admitting defeat.
Developing the skill set to process the many clues of life empowered me to control my emotions and not let my emotions control me. This was what was missing during the early stages of my journey. I do have control. I just needed to realize it.
Jimmy Dean said, “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” I encourage you to adjust your mind, focusing on the lessons you have learned. The answers you seek are there. Don’t be afraid to stop and ask for directions.