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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year! Live Beyond the Motions...

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. 
Let me tell you why. This epiphany meant more to me than simply the use of a GPS system. It is essentially a metaphor of life. Often, when we go through the motions, we get comfortable and never challenge ourselves. We get stuck in the schedule of life that we never stop to smell the roses or aspire to reach our full potential. Sometimes, we need to challenge ourselves. Its scary but worth the try. And even though we may get lost on the way up, it'll teach us invaluable lessons beyond what we could ever expect and open our senses to things we'd never have noticed while going through the motions. What I've learned is that the sense of pride and accomplishment and most importantly, the ultimate result of your journey up will teach you that YOU deserve more than the motions.

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. 

 In 2013, may you live beyond the motions. May you discover new joys, embark on new journeys and give more meaning to your life. May the sadness of 2012 remain history and may the prosperities of your 2012 abound in 2013. May your 2013 be filled with peace, prosperity, happiness, and good living. This and many more, I wish for you. Yes, you :-)

With Love from NwaVic.

Stay Inspired.


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ije said...

So proud of you. I can't go anywhere without a GPS, LOL! But yes, your so right! In this generation, being challenged is so rare, I sometimes forget how to spell because I'm so used to spell check. I had to challenge myself to start writing more (handwriting) instead of typing in order to get my brain working on getting words right! Anyway, Happy new year love :-)

Cake and Socks said...

Amen! Happy new year to you too Ral.

Anonymous said...

Same to u RAL!

Kosi said...

I lovvee this your Blog mehn! But i can definitely relate to you in this post with going thru the motion they recently got into my car and stole my radio lol and GPS so i have been forced to be aware of my surroundings and notice things around me I did. I also had a lot of time to really think and truly process my thots and learn of myself even better. Every disappointment is definitely a blessing in disguise =. happy new year dear!