Navigating A Path Towards The Future


The future is the summation of all the steps it will take to get there. The destination is the direction pursued to reach a goal that defines some kind of horizon beyond which nothing can be seen. Any further attempt to be more specific about its dimensions would distort the possibilities.

As the journey progresses, the horizon will change and always be just out of reach. Trying to jump ahead too quickly can disrupt the sequence and balance needed for stability as the movement towards the future proceeds.

Seeing a situation coming a few milliseconds before it happens helps when an insight is sought to make sense of what is approaching. Usually, it follows a pattern of behavior that suggests missed opportunities.

When a conscious choice is made to act differently, the only impediment is hesitation when gut instinct expresses itself in an undefinable way and then is ignored. The moment to act passes, and it is too late.

The hope is that practice and experience will speed up one’s reactions and enable quick responses without wasting time by building confidence and trust in the process. This is an important step in creating a sound foundation by identifying the path and communicating it to others.

Solitary thinkers tend to think in terms of scenarios, as if playing them out in one’s mind before they happen will make them more prepared to pick the “right” choice.  No one really knows what the right choice is until the event is over and looked at retrospectively. Only some of the consequences can be perceived when a course is chosen.

As contact with new elements develops, a result of communication with others, a new level of thinking emerges and a more confident direction taken based on the trust developed as experience translates into knowledge and perhaps over time evolves into wisdom.

It is not that communicating with others provides the answer, but it introduces different ideas not previously considered  that may add to what has already been thought and creates a new dimension of introspective thought that will lead to an insight. Then, more opportunities  will  appear as thinking evolves spirally instead of in a circle. Habits are hard to change when fear of treading on unfamiliar territory is prominent. Then, relying on cyclical behavior becomes a trap.

When a missed opportunity is realized, bemoaning the shortcomings created by hesitation is only constructive if it leads to breaking the train of thought that obstructs the view and distracts from one’s instincts. Even though impulsive acts may lead to mistakes and regret, the lessons learned are invaluable.

Hopefully, the result will be the recognition that trying to deal with the next step is more important than where it all leads since perceptions and challenges will change as the path proceeds. If one is confident about the choices being made on each step along the way, the future will take care of itself.