Imagine your life as a river, being pulled along by a current. There are branches in this river, one will take you through dangerous rapids and end in a 500 foot waterfall; the other will take you to a peaceful lagoon that empties into an ocean of endless possibilities. Which branch would you choose?
The only way to ensure that you take the right path in life, the one that leads to endless possibilities is to pick up your oars and row.
If you have ever rowed a boat, you know that it isn’t easy. Your muscles will burn until you get used to it. There is a learning curve. You may find yourself rowing in circles until you get the hang of it. Eventually, however you will be able to steer your boat wherever you want to go. As you row, your muscles become stronger and the pain in your arms will ease. Best of all, you are not at the mercy of the current.
Some of us do not control our destinies. We choose to REACT to life rather than be PROACTIVE and control where we go. Reactive people always have someone or something to blame when things go wrong BUT they also can’t take credit when things go right.
Don’t drift through life
The chances of ending up somewhere that you don’t want to be (like that 500 foot waterfall) increase if you just drift along and let things happen.
If you want to be successful in life, decide where you want to go and take control.
Responsiblity for your life
If you let someone else decide where you are going, IT IS YOUR FAULT if you don’t like where you end up. If you allow the current to decide where you are going, IT IS YOUR FAULT if you don’t like where you end up. If you row in the wrong direction, IT’S YOUR FAULT if you don’t like where you end up. The point is, no matter what direction your life takes, IT’S YOUR FAULT.
Never to late to change direction
So what if you ended up on the wrong branch of the river? What if you are addicted to drugs or committed a felony? You can turn your boat around any time you choose and row the other way. It will be much harder since you are rowing against the current. But when you get to the branch in the river, you will be much stronger and be able to get to the ocean of possibilities much more easily.
Keep your oars
Stop blaming others for the disappointments in your life. If you truly want to be happy, decide where you want to go and do what it takes to get you there. Then row with all your might.
If you let others row your boat, you have no one to blame but yourself.