A Life Lesson From "Canada's Worst Driver"
My husband and I watched the most recent season of Canada's Worst Driver on Discovery Channel not that long ago, and one thing that was repeated time and again was the drivers needed to look where they wanted to go to help them properly steer their vehicles. And time and again the drivers would not have the proper focus and before they seemed to realize it, they were careening off course or into obstacles they were meant to go around or through.
I felt like that with Monday's blog post (as a most recent example). I knew I needed to shut down Facebook and not check Twitter or e-mail or the weather and get down to work. I needed to focus on the task of getting a blog post done. Yet I kept looking where I shouldn't have been looking. I was distracted. It's a very dangerous thing to be as a driver . . . and it's not a good way to live one's life, either. (Or to try to write a blog post.)
Oh, Monday's post wasn't a complete write-off. As tempted as I was later that day to take it down, I left it up. It's a good reminder that I'm not a total failure because of one (or however many) mucked-up blog posts. I can owe up to my mistakes, acknowledge they are there and that it was a dumb/wrong/whatever thing to do and then move on from it. I won't get going in the right direction by focusing on the times I messed up. I need to get focused on the right way to go -- even if I can't see all that far ahead -- and then get going. The past is past, and as such I can't do anything about it. The future is unknown, and my worrying about it or obsessing over it doesn't help me get to where I want to be or need to be. It's only by moving forward, a step at at time, a day at time, that progress will be made.
I read somewhere that the road to success is dotted with many tempting parking spaces. I agree. Earlier this week, it was easy to tell myself "I'll just sit here for a spell, and get going with the blog post in a few minutes." But those minutes added up, and pretty soon I needed to wrap things up so other things could be attended to, and I was left with a 'meh' post.
I don't want a 'meh' life. So it's time to get off the side of the road, or out of the parking lot, and back on the road.
*Photo Credit: Patxi Izkue (Flickr via Creative Commons)