Keep your eyes on the road
I had the privilege to be in the presence of one of my favorite people on earth: one of my dear sisters. As we were talking about life and how we are trying to navigate through our journey, she brought out this bright light of knowledge that flabbergasted me!
I am still on “think” mode….
What was it you ask? Well, she compared our journey to a bike ride and how some of us are so busy trying to get certain people to notice that we are actually riding the darn bike (where some do not even try), that we miss out on mastering our path.
Let me unpack this a bit for you. Hang with me, ok?
Do you know how to ride a bike? Well, even if you did not, it is quite clear that there is a great deal of balance needed to keep you on it, let alone ride it.
Imagine you are going through a path. When you start looking elsewhere, you tend to take the direction of where your gaze has taken you. If you divert your focus on another activity, you tend to swerve, shake, lose balance, even fall.
Of course people talk on the bike all the time and look around! I am talking about the type of diversion that takes your whole focus off.
Well, some of us are doing just that: trying to focus on getting others to see that “Yes! I am actually riding on the journey of life. Look at how good I am doing! See?”
Now the people you are trying to attract may even be very important to you. They might be essential to you.
But, is any of it worth you losing your composure enough for you to get off path? How will you be serving/helping them if you fall or distract yourself into the wrong path?
You see, my friend, the idea is not to let others know we are riding the journey. It is more about mastering your craft, learning how to deal when obstacles and sharp turns present themselves.
Once you are able to know that, you can venture to develop your skills more and even do “cool tricks” on the road.
The more you enjoy yourself, the more you are doing well and are comfortable and confident, the less you will need others to look at you. Believe me, you will not even notice when they catch that glimpse of you showing off to yourself. They will be hooked, but by that time, it will not phase you as much.
My friend is WISE. She showed me a whole different approach to living. One that encourages me to start mastering my craft, start appreciating myself and get confident about the gifts God provided me with and use them. Do you feel the challenge coming on for you too? I am positive you feel something building way deep in your gut!
So I ask again: Will you “ride” with me? I want to hear how you will make your new adjustments in the comments below. As always, thank you for Sharing, Tweeting, and all!!!