Digging out of the ditch

There are times in our lives when we find ourselves in ruts. Life can get mundane. You don’t know how or when you got there, but when you fan away the fog that clouds our vision, we can see we’re definitely in a ditch.

It is so important to have dreams and goals. Do-able ones. Whether it’s visiting an exciting place, or just planning a get together with someone special. It doesn’t change where you are in the moment, but it suddenly changes your focal point.

Nearly three years ago, I wrote this post about focus. When we set goals, it’s important to be focused on them, and not the things that fight to distract us. However, we must still keep sight of the things that we can do today that will make the dream a reality down the road. There are always incremental steps to take. For me, when my heart and mind are set on something, I’m relentless. I absolutely need to do something, anything, each day toward that end. Some days it may only be a tiny thing. Other days, quite significant. But something everyday.

As I write this, it is Labor Day. A day off from work. It’s tempting, and even necessary at times to relax and do nothing. And to a great degree, that is what my day will be, relative to a typical Monday. But that doesn’t mean that I will not do something toward my dream. God has blessed me with a vision of what my life will be like in the not-too-distant future. If I sit around waiting for that day to come without preparing for it, I will either delay the dream, or I will be grossly unprepared for it. Maybe both. Or maybe, the dream will die from neglect.

For some time, I have been in a rut. A pretty deep one. It happens to all of us. As the saying goes, you don’t drown by falling into water, but by staying in it. 6963419731_9f85eaa78b_o

In a rut? Feel like you’re in a ditch with no way out? Remind yourself of a goal you once set. A dream. If you don’t have something, come up with something! A day trip. A vacation. Take a class. Save up to buy yourself something that will make you happy. Whatever. Give yourself something to look forward to. Something to work for. Then, take one step, then another and another. Before you know it, that rut will be well behind you, and you’re back on the road, headed in the right direction.

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