Can You See the Road

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In life, you find inspiration and guidance wherever it lives. I had something remind me of an important fact earlier this year. And, I found this nugget of wisdom in the strangest of places.

My wife is a big Lucy fan. She has just about everything that Lucy has ever made, from the Lucy-Desi comedy hour to all the other sitcoms, and she watches them every day. It was while she was watching the Lucy show that I had a lesson reinforced upon me. It was poignant, concise, and help me to realize something important about our journey through life.

In the show, Lucy and Desi, along with Ethal and Fred, are starting on a trip to California. When they go to pack everything they are going to take with them, there is a sudden realization they have too much for the car to carry. That’s okay because Fred has a plan.

Fred tied everything onto the car. By the time the job was done, he had things hanging well off the back of the convertible.  And, hanging well off the front, and all the sides of the car. He even had the hood of the car layered with different objects to the point where the driver could barely see the road. When I saw that, I realized something.

We are on a journey ourselves through life. If we fail to plan, we may end up trying to take everything and everyone with us. We could have packed many items that we may never use in the future. These items could be both physically in our life and mentally in our head.  They could block our vision until it becomes tough for us to see the road we want to travel. And it means we will either not go far or end up in the wrong place.

What we need to do is make a plan. Sit down with those who are going with us and figure out where we are going. Then we need to figure out what we need to take with us, what we can pick up along the way, and what items would just get in our way as we move forward. Think of this as an exercise in physical, and mental housekeeping. We checked to see that everybody’s on the same page. That we are taking steps to ensure everyone’s needs are met. And we understand the differences between what we need to go with us, and what we will either pick up along the way or as we attain our goals.

In the case of Lucy and Desi going from New York to California, they finally took only what they needed and mailed everything else forward. You may believe that you can’t do that moving to the future. However, you can send yourself future encouragement and ideas. You can write a series of letters or emails to yourself. You can set them up to be mailed to you or opened at a future date. These can help remind you of where you’re heading when you set off on your adventure and where you’re planning to go.

Just something to think about.

Thanks for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Author: Mike Balof

A retired Air Force Master Sergeant, Mike used to lay in bed at night and worry about what would happen if his plant closed or found himself without a job. One day his plant closed. Rather than panic and hysteria (OK, maybe a little) Mike found himself carried away on the adventure of his life. Mike started with the best job he ever had working at Home Depot. He spent 8 years working with job seekers at a local workforce center, helping them to find employment. He then started his own company developing courses, writing books and urging others to follow their own paths into the future. Mike holds a Master of Arts in Adult Education and Training and a Bachelor of Business Management, earned through the University of Phoenix and an AAS degree in Electronics Systems Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. Mike is a member of the Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society.

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