Far in the Distance…
There is a man walking alone on a long, long road. He looks weary, probably from his journey, he sits on a rock and places one hand on each side of his face with a look of discontent. He is lost in thought, staring deep at the floor, when he sees a pair of shoes…. he looks quickly up and opens his eyes wider with a look of surprise. Right there in front of him an old man with a long white beard is staring at him with a look of kindness and calmness.
‘Who are you?’ asked the man still sitting on the rock.
‘I’m just a traveller’ the man standing replied with a warm smile on his face.
They stared at the each other for a minute without pronouncing a word when finally the man sitting felt so uncomfortable that he stood up so quickly that it made him feel dizzy, he was soon walking away when the old man said:
‘You should learn not to walk away from uncomfortable situations or feelings.’ the words were passively spoken.
the words stopped the man who stood motionless in anger, he turned around and replied in anger:
‘who the hell do you think you are, you don’t know me at all.’ this hush reply did not move the old man at all, the look of kindness still lingered in his eyes.
‘I know who I am, the question is – do you know who you are?’ said the old man who looked more like an apparition than a real person, however after asking the angry man this, he moved closer to him. The anger quickly melted away and with a look of sadness the young man responded:
‘no, I don’t know who I am, I have no idea. That is why I decided to walk away from everything and everyone I know.’
‘You have burden yourself with too much wanting, too much past, and too much to do. You should learn to take one day at the time. Do your best, be your best, and above all be happy. Enjoy the ride of life.’ said the old man sounding like a philosopher and not just a simple traveller.
The words resonated with a deeper meaning to the young man who now had his head down looking at the floor to hide the tears that rolled down from his eyes. Those simple words had touched a cord in his soul but when he looked up to thank the old man for his words, he was suddenly gone.
The moral of the story?
Simple, just take one day at the time. We al heard this before on countless of occasions, yet how many of us actually focus on the 24 hours given to us as humans on this planet? we’re usually burden with all the things we need to do that we fail to focus on the now, where things really do happen. Each day wake up with a decision to take time to do a little each day on all the areas that you desire to improve, and in time you will realise how easy it is to achieve your goals, if you focus on one day at the time. Don’t jump ahead to the future or tomorrow, don’t get stuck on yesterday or your past failures, instead focus on today. Dedicate a chunk of time to each area of your life you wish to improve, if you do that you will surely achieve your goals.