How to Navigate Life
by Max Lucado, Eye of the Storm
When no one is watching, live as if someone is.
Succeed at home first.
Pray twice as much as you fret.
Listen twice as much as you speak.
God has forgiven you; you’d be wise to do the same.
Once a week, let a child take you on a walk.
Only harbor a grudge when God does.
Never let the important be the victim of the trivial.
Life is like a maze in which you try to avoid the exit.
Our journey in life often looks more like a maze than a straight line. When we look back we can see where we have taken wrong turns, hit dead ends, lost time, meandered in wrong directions and twisted and turned at unexpected places. We thought we were going one way and had to head another. When we start out, few of us know exactly what we want to be or where we want to end up. Real life has no signs, and no straight lines.
When I was young I thought I knew exactly where my life was headed. I made plans and they started out to be exactly what I expected, but there were many changes and I’ve wound up in a place that is totally unexpected. Since I’m still living, I’m sure there will be many new paths I’m going to have to take too. Sometimes we can choose where we want to go, other times the choice is made for us. But it is how we handle the changes that is important. A maze, full of choices, challenges and questioning at every turn, is an adventure.
Happiness, that grand mistress of the ceremonies in the dance of life, impels us through all its mazes and meandering, but leads none of us by the same route
Charles Caleb Colton