If you are expecting something related to a Bond movie after having a look at the title, let me tell you that you are in for some disappointment. Though the author of this post is just as deadly with his PJs as Bond is with his guns, there is going to be no 007 here. Instead, this is going to be about how one should never use the word “never” (Ignore the irony that just occurred).
On a serious note, isn’t it amazing to observe how many of us are so good at putting ourselves into single-lane tracks like those blindfolded horses in a race? Blinding ourselves to the world outside what our limited thoughts can see comes ever so easily to us. Picture this – you have your heart set on something very desirable, a gadget maybe, or a particular job offer or even a person whom you want to end up sharing sunsets with (Talking of sharing sunsets, something on that is coming soon, but I digress). Along comes something thats not quite what you had in mind, but which could be an interesting possibility. And whats our typical reaction? We are so fixated with what we have set our eyes on, that we don’t even pause to consider anything else. This is not to say that one should not be single-minded in pursuit of our goals, but at the same time, we should not miss the woods for the trees.
As you must have realised by now, what I am trying to say here is that one should be open to possibilities. As the Bible puts it so succinctly, only when a grain of wheat falls to the ground, will a harvest beckon. We, though, so tightly hold on to our grains that we deny ourselves the harvest that could have been. And more often that not, what stays with us is a “if-only” regret, which serves no purpose but to frustrate us further. One point that I must make here is that there is no difference between being open to possibilities and being steadfast about your goals. Though they seem to be contradictory, they are not. Being focussed on something does not mean that you cannot entertain other possibilities, it only means that you give them their due consideration, and reject them only after you have satisfied yourself that they are not worth it. It should not mean blind rejection of anything that does not seem to fit into your current perspective.
So how do you know whether you are doing it right? Like almost all things in life, the best judge is you. You are the only one who decides whats right for you – because its you who is going to reap the fruits (sweet or otherwise) of that decision in the end. All that I am saying here is – give every dog its fair share of the bone. Who knows – changing tracks might lead you on to the best journey you ever took.
On that note, I will sign off before I metamorphose into a white-robed priest delivering a Sunday sermon..hehe. 😀
Till next time, keep reading!!