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The Goal Ahead

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.

–Thomas Jefferson


I came across this image of a painting from a number of years ago that I have always really liked and have always felt an immediate response to my interpretation of it.  It always reads the same to me, a sentiment that  pretty much jibes with the quote from Jefferson above.  So often we live as though we are flotsam on the sea, aimlessly adrift on currents that we don’t control.  I know I have been guilty of this at points in my life.  None of my actions at those times were leading in any specific direction and at times made me feel as though I were in a whirlpool that kept spinning me in all directions, leaving me confused and despondent.

A goal is purpose, a reason for every step forward.  A reason to fight for every day, every moment we have on this earth.  Once we have a goal, a purpose, time becomes precious.  Without purpose, time becomes meaningless.

That’s what I immediately see in this piece and it always tweaks me a bit, gets me thinking about how I might be drifting away from my own purpose and how my own time becomes ever more precious with every passing day.  It is a gentle slap on the cheek for me to move, to take action now.

And I will.  Have a great day.

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