Ever since my immediate older sister moved into her marital home, about 30 minutes away from our family home, I've used a GPS system each and every time I make a trip to hers.
This is the routine; I get in the car, turn up the music loud, put in the address of her house and strictly but mindlessly follow the directions emanating from the GPS. And Voila! I arrive at her house. I'd done this so much that I didn't even notice that I didn't know the directions to my sister's house from my house until about a month ago when my younger sister said, "ah Ral, you shouldn't need this GPS". She was right. I have to have been to my sister's house at least 50 times, yet I didn't know how to get there without relying on an electronic system.
Then I had an epiphany. I'd been going through the motions and because I was comfortable doing so, I never bothered to learn the directions. So! I was overdue for a challenge. For the first time a month ago, I drove to my sister's house without the GPS. I was scared and anxious that I'd get lost. In fact I was so worried, I drove without music. I paid attention closer because I didn't want to miss an exit. And even though I got lost briefly and had to pull over for a minute, to figure out where I was , you can best guarantee that because I actually used my brain to figure out how to get back on the right exit, I'd never get lost again. At the end, I got to her house without the GPS. Proudly, I can say that I have driven there severally without a GPS ever since. On my recent GPS-less trips, I have started noticing a few things that were inexistent to me before. I have noticed landmarks before the right exits, shorter routes, and roads that connect from her house to my job. I'm incredibly proud of myself.
As you enter the new year, whether your motions involve a stale-but-comfortable relationship, a job that doesn't make you happy, a vacation that remains untaken, or a dream that remains unfulfilled, resolve to challenge yourself to reach your full potential. Get off the "motions", stop to take in the scent of your life, and get into 2013 hungry to live beyond the repetitive wheels of stale comfort.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
With Love from NwaVic.