One of my favorite saying these days has become “There are never any wrong moves in life”. I’m not sure if I made it up or if I am co-opting it from someone far wiser than me but just acknowledging this to myself has helped tremendously. I put an immense amount of pressure on making the right choice in any situation. I research every thing I can about a situation, try to think of every contingency and forecast every possible outcome I can think of. While this planning has it’s merits, it can also be very counterproductive and time consuming. After all, as the Greek philosopher Heraclitus said, the one constant is change. And this is something that can’t be factored into all my thinking and planning. Which of course totally ticks me off.
So something I’ve really tried to instill as default thinking is there is no wrong move I can make as I make my choices. I try to assess the information I have available and then make the best decision I can given what I know at that moment. And if what I decide is proven not to be the best path for me, I try to stay flexible enough to make adjustments in my course. To not get locked in to only one way to go about something. As the wise philosophers Led Zeppelin says “Yes there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run there’s still time to change the road you’re on.”
Stay loose, absorb the bumps, continue to refine your course. Wow, 2 quotes in the same post. I must be feeling learned today.