“Every Adventure Requires A First Step”
The Cheshire Cat
Alice: “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” The Cheshire Cat: “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.” Alice: “I don’t much care where. The Cheshire Cat: Then it doesn’t much matter which way you go.” Alice: “So long as I get somewhere.” The Cheshire Cat: “Oh, you’re sure to do that, if only you walk long enough.” Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
I have always liked the above exchange between Alice and the Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland. It speaks to me in several ways.
First, the times in my life when I am living without any direction. Living day-to-day, getting done what is necessary, but, not putting in the work to have the life I desire. Living life without any real intent — just living.
Second, how accurate I have learned that if you just keep going, you will end up somewhere. One day, there you are living a mediocre life — in a relationship, job, environment, or moral position — wondering what happened.
It is a reality check of realizing you are not quite living the life you intended or desired, yet, you are living just the same.
The lesson for me in that exchange is the importance of dreams, goals, and making plans. Not leaving it up to fate to decide that “somewhere” you will be if you walk long enough.
But, striving for what you want out of your life.
I am in the process of evaluating where I am at this time in my life. I am adjusting goals and refocusing my energies, so I don’t look up and just end up “somewhere.”
It’s easy to go day to day and not pay attention. The older we get, the more we must make each step count and not just go aimlessly through life.
What applies to this life — we are guaranteed two things. We are born, and we will die. What we do with our in-between is on us. That is the question Alice is asking the Cheshire Cat. It is never too late to take a different path. To decide different choices of where to go from here.
The choice of how we get through life is ours.
Today I am thankful
- God is good. All the time.
- It’s amazing the joy a grand puppy can bring into your life.
- Tonight is Queen Sugar Season 2 Episode 1 .. Yay!
- Life never ceases to amaze me.
At some point, you may see someone without a smile today. Pay it forward and give that person yours.
affectionately yours, Laura
***revision of 3June14