Whether it’s plowing a field, mowing a lawn, or learning to drive… it’s always important to pay attention to what’s ahead of you. Some would call this short collection of proverbs: “rules for the road”
Rule #1: Look ahead
“Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you”
One of the first things I Learned when riding a motorcycle was to consistently look ahead. Not just looking ahead to the next vehicle, scan all of the area before you. Your lane, other lanes, side roads feeding into your lane, the cars in other lanes, the drivers of said cars. I can’t tell you how many times a crisis was avoided just because i saw something in the road or in another vehicle which helped me make a wise decision in order to reach my desired destination. Fixing my eyes on what ahead of me is a twofold process…be mindful of the conditions in front of me AND keep the final destination or goal in mind. Sometimes we miss that second part. We get overwhelmed by the immediate things in front that we lose sight of the destination/goal.
Rule#2: Plan accordingly
“Mark a straight path for your feet”.
This is all about planning. This is not just planning before you begin the journey but also during the journey as well. You need to have a plan starting out. This plan doesn’t have to be overly detailed but it does need to include answers to basic questions:
- Where am I going?
- What do I need?
- What do I not need?
When you ask these questions it prepares you for the journey but also helps you make good in journey decisions because you want to keep moving toward your destination. Failure to keep these questions in mind can result in not getting to where you want to go or better yet where you need to be.
Rule #3- Don’t get sidetracked
“Stay on the straight path, don’t get sidetracked. Keep your feet from following evil”
In the book “The Wizard of Oz”, Dorothy and her companions are headed to meet the Wizard of the city of Oz. Why? Because they each have a request/desire that they believe only he can grant. The way to the Emerald City is marked by the yellow brick road. This is the safest, wisest path to take. Before they embark on their journey, the group is told “stay on the yellow brick road”. Fast forward to later in the story, the group learns that there is a definite consequence to leaving the wise, safe path. This last rule is key because there are plenty of distractions, hazards, traps that lie off the path…waiting to keep you from your goal.
I have mentioned the destination or the goal a few times but have intentionally not stated what it is. I can’t tell you what your destination or goal is, but I can say these road rules can be applied in many situations whether they be physical, emotional, financial, or spiritual. Use them to get from where you are to where you need to be.