“What keeps you going isn’t some fine destination but just the road you’re on, and the fact that you know how to drive.” — Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams
“’Cheshire Puss,’ she began, rather timidly, as she did not at all know whether it would like the name: however, it only grinned a little wider. ‘Come, it’s pleased so far,’ thought Alice, and she went on. ‘Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?’
‘That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,’ said the Cat.
‘I don’t much care where—’ said Alice.
‘Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,’ said the Cat.
‘—so long as I get SOMEWHERE,’ Alice added as an explanation.
‘Oh, you’re sure to do that,’ said the Cat, ‘if you only walk long enough.’” — Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
This quote is used often used to underline the importance of having a goal. I think the Cheshire Cat’s second lesson, if you walk long enough you will get somewhere eventually, is overlooked.
You go nowhere standing still. Even if the destination is unknown, it is important to start walking. Pick a direction and go.
I’ve picked straight ahead, that way I’m sure to move forward. I will get to my destination, either because I have walked long enough or because along the way I decide on a direction. Tomorrow’s answer to the question ‘where am I’ will be different than today’s answer!
Quote of the Day
“One’s destination is never a place, but rather a new way of looking at things.” — Henry Miller, Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch