Day 116-2 (W, 120425) — Sometimes . . .


I’ve seen this cartoon in many inspirational posts about how we should “never give up our dreams” and “always persevere.”  Unfortunately, life doesn’t always cooperate.

Sometimes, this is the reality of the situation:

Maybe Not

Part of what this image brings up is true: we shouldn’t give up just because things are tough. Then again, we shouldn’t waste time pursuing goals that cannot be achieved.

Life isn’t often simple.  It can be hard to figure out what to do.

Pessimism can lead to never attempting anything.  Then again — and this is what they don’t tell you — undiluted optimism, certainly untarnished by contact with reality, is a good way to find yourself having wasted time and resources on a pipe dream.

It can be really hard to stop doing something you’ve invested time, energy, thought, and hope into.  In the end, however, if reality keeps blocking your view of the dream , perhaps it’s time to pick yourself up, dust yourself off, realize you’re in the wrong place to begin with, and take off in a new direction.*

Be smart. Use your brain. Good luck.


* You can quickly grasp the important difference between the two if you envision a group of producers cutting their way through the jungle with machetes. They’re the producers, the problem solvers. They’re cutting through the undergrowth, clearing it out. The managers are behind them, sharpening their machetes, writing policy and procedure manuals, holding muscle development programs, bringing in improved technologies and setting up working schedules and compensation programs for the workers. The leader is the one who climbs the tallest tree, surveys the entire situation, and yells, ‘Wrong jungle!’ But how do the busy, efficient producers and managers often respond? ‘Shut up! We’re making progress.’ – Stephen Covey

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