Lost in the Woods

Have you ever been following a path in the woods only to lose your way and become unable to see the path? You look this way and then another. They both look and resemble a path and you’re not really sure which way to go.

You were on the path a few minutes ago, it was as clear as day. And now, you’re alone and lost in the woods.

Everything was going smoothly and the tracks of others before you had left a clear-cut path you could follow. Suddenly, it’s not so clear anymore.

This way looks like the path…That way looks like the path…

This is the moment where you’ve got to make a decision.

1) You could take a wild guess and continue on without really thinking about it.

2) You could re-trace your steps, moving backwards, and try to find out where or what went wrong.

3) You could give up, sit down, and avoid making any type of decision at all. This is what your lizard brain would prefer.

Of course, there’s always another option. Sometimes I think this one is the best because, quite frankly, paths are never as clear-cut as we want them to be.

You could rely on the tools you already possess to guide you.

If you have a compass, and if you know you should be headed north, go north.

You might recall a prior learning experience. Maybe it was something you read in a book. Maybe it was something a great teacher once taught you. Recall the training you already possess to guide your decision.

You might trust your gut instinct that is pushing you towards a certain direction

Many times by using the tools we have, such as past learning experiences, or raw gut instinct, we often end up making the right decision. It’s when we keep pushing through and go a little further, we find ourselfs back on the right path. Suddenly, we’re back on track.

Or you could fail miserably. You could make the wrong choice all together. You could spend hours heading the wrong way only to realize you made the wrong decision.You might have to turn around and come back. You might not even make it out alive, so to speak. You’ve  experienced total failure. The tools didn’t perform at the moment they were needed most. The thing your teacher taught you, or you read in a book, turned out to be wrong. Your gut instinct was wrong.

But at least you tried. That’s what matters.