Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Off course


So often we are told to look at the big picture. Live and understand life at the macro level. Looking at the broader trends certainly helps to see the general direction in which we are heading, but can it help take us there?


There is an analogy that strikes me -


A ships navigation system has two components- rudder and propeller.


Rudder which is a pad like structure gives direction, the ships moves in the direction opposite to which the rudder is pointed. Its so true with us as well, we always attempt to steer life the way we want it to go and then feel utterly frustrated when it moves in the converse direction. Our frustration is often because we looking from too short an angle to understand which path will this lead us to. As I often keep quoting "life is what happens to you when you are busy making other plans".


That is where probably the element of destiny comes into play. Destiny is often defined as a predetermined course of events. Destiny as I see it, is not something that is hard-wired into our lives. Instead its the outcome of the all the input (thoughts and efforts) that we have put. Is it like a tool that has been provided to us for our understanding and betterment? A self-aware person who knows what he wants from life is more likely to get it, as, very early in his voyage of life he has set the rudder in the right direction.


Propeller is what pushes the ship forward. Its the thrust that is required to move in a set direction. Very often we know where we want to go, how we want out life to be, but lack the discipline and the willingness to head there. And this is where the smaller picture plays an important role. Our day to day life is a reflection of where we are heading in general, how much is the distance we have already covered and what direction we have chosen for ourselves.


The course that we steer, is our choice. We cant change the flow of the oceans nor can we control the weather and the winds. Want we do have control over is the rudder and propeller of our live.

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