“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” Another thought provoking James Dean quote that shows us how important it is to be flexible in our daily undertakings.
Change is a Process of Transformation
So many times throughout our day we try and fight off circumstances, people and events. We do everything within our power to try and resist the changes that confront us, and yet we continue to struggle fighting against a powerful force that will simply not letup.
Do we ever stop to think about the actual process of change?
The world as we know it today will not be as we will know it tomorrow, next week, next month or next year. The people that we know today are not going to be the same people tomorrow, next week, next month or next year. Nor will we be the same tomorrow, next week, next month or next year.
The simple fact of the matter is that change continues to evolve and expand on every level each second throughout our day. Change is like the wind blowing a sail boat through the open ocean. To resist change is to fight against the inevitable and all powerful forces of life. On the other hand, to harness the power of change will take one on a path of unexpected transformation that can bring many blessings and the potential for abundant opportunities.
The Quickest Path Isn’t Always the Right or Best Path to Take
Most of us have a deep fixation in our minds that there is only one way, one path towards a desired destination. We are so fixed and locked upon this journey that we will rarely accept a different opinion or perspective. We know the path that we must take and we will do whatever it takes to reach that destination no matter what difficulties may lie in our way.
“Inflexibility has killed a great many people over the course of human history.”
The funny thing about life is that it presents us with a constant array of clues that are somewhat forced upon us when we least expect them. The great sailors of days gone by picked up on this very quickly. They knew that the wind blows and directs with a purpose. They realised that through the act of harnessing this powerful force that they could redirect themselves along paths that offered less resistance and greater potential for success. Yes, indeed for them these journeys might have taken longer, however life always has a means and a purpose for everything that it throws our way.
Learn from the Winds as they are our Teachers
Life has an interesting way of teaching us lessons that prepare us for the journey ahead. We all have goals, dreams and ambitions that we would like to one day successfully bring to physical reality. Yet from our very limited perspective we fail to realize or understand how unworthy and undeserving we actually are of these experiences.
Every goal, every dream, every deep intense purpose that we conjure up within the recesses of our minds is not so much a destination but rather a journey of experiences filled with lessons, hardships, and challenges that must be confronted and overcome in order to experience the pleasures of the destinations that we envision within our minds.
No man or woman EVER accomplished their goals, dreams or visions without first experiencing the hardships of the journey that led them to their final destination. When the winds came they understood that they had a choice. They could either resist and try to fight over the top of the winds of change, or they could harness the power of these winds and propel themselves forward towards their destination in potentially unforeseen ways. They realized that life is in a constant process of motion and change that adapts to our shifting thoughts, actions, emotions and goals. What we consciously think we want, may indeed not be what we unconsciously desire. Yet, the shifting wind knows and realizes these internal desires and progressively adjusts our course towards our true intentions.
Will this course bring about a smoother journey of experiences, or will it bring further hardships and lessons?
As our course changes, the winds become our teachers, they help us to understand what it will take to deserve to experience our dreams in physical reality. Without these experiences it would be impossible to accomplish what we seek. Ask the most successful people in the world if they would have become who they are today if not for those challenges, problems, or ill-fated circumstances that constantly stood in their way. They learned throughout this process that life will always throw you curve balls, and that unless we adjust, adapt and alter our course to match the changes that we are experiencing, we will suffer the consequences of ill-fated decisions that may leave us guilt ridden for the remainder of our lives.
We simply can’t change the direction of the wind, but we can adjust our sails to reach our ultimate destination.
To keep you on track with this way of thinking, you might find it helpful to ask yourself the following questions:
- Where am I currently experiencing the most resistance in life? With people? Events? Circumstances?
- What is this resistance trying to tell me? What underlying meaning does it have for my ultimate goals and objectives?
- Am I sabotaging myself through the act of continuing to fight through this resistance?
- What am I really learning from this experience that I hadn’t noticed before?
- Is there another way to deal with this person or situation that I hadn’t thought of before?
- How have the winds changed course, and what new and unexpected opportunities are they presenting me with when it comes to dealing with this person or situation?
- How can I adjust my sails to ensure that I stay on track towards the bigger picture, yet remain flexible enough to adapt to the changing world that’s confronting me in the moment?
If you have a similar learning experience or would like to add to the list of questions, you may do so by commenting below.