I am driving along and I come to the end of the road. I have to either turn right, or turn left, or turn around. No matter what I do, a decision needs to be made. A choice needs to create an action because staying still in the middle of the road is not an option. The GPS is not working, I have no cell service, and I need to make an educated decision. Wait, how do I do that?
Like everyone, I am so accustomed to having quick and easy decisions made for me by technology or even by those around me, that I have forgotten how to think. We are so in sync with the little voice in our GPS telling us where to go and where to turn that we often cannot hear our own voices. Our gadgets are all wonderful, and I would not want to be without them, except for one thing. The autopilot our technology places us in does transcend into other areas of our lives. If we no longer have to decide whether to go left of right on the road, can we decide which way to go in life? Are we being desensitized in regard to making choices because so much of the information and things that we need can so easily come to us, or we can so easily be led toward it?
For those of us who lived in a time where we actually had to seek out knowledge outside of the confines of a computer screen, or had to actually decide whether to turn left or right on the road all by ourselves, the answer is complicated. Not a day goes by without my using my GPS, logging into Facebook, or with my cell phone by my side. Yet, I yearn to think. To use my brain to deduce and decide allows me both to succeed and to fail. Without the failing, I can never learn, or grow, or shape thought to experience.
I have a terrible sense of direction. My family will often ask me on a road trip which way I think we should go, I will respond and then they will go the other way! Yes, it is bad! But here is the important piece to remember. I may have my GPS on as a guide, but it is my CHOICE to decide to make a left where it says clearly to go right. It’s my CHOICE to pick a direction…and at the end of the day…it is my own voice I need to be listening to!
Weight in and let me know your thoughts. Left or right…which way are you going?
~ Randi Levin, Certified Transitional Coach, mentor, writer and inspirational speaker, partners with her clients to define and navigate the many “acts or chapters” of their lives. She is a subject matter expert in the art of reinvention and it is her joy to unleash her client’s unlimited potential and to tap into what she calls, “the evolving business of you.” Contact RandiCLevin@gmail.com or 347-395-6255