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Driven

 

Sometimes, we do things that make no sense to others because it is the very thing that we need to do. It might appear selfish to others. It might appear stupid. But it's what we need to do. To do it is to be true to who we are.

It might be a business venture. We spend money in pursuit of a dream that we have. "Foolish," others might charge to our actions. "Harebrained scheme. A waste of time and money." Nonetheless, it's what we need to do. It's in our soul. And so we pursue it, and in the pursuit we learn that thing that we had to learn.

"I knew it wouldn't work out," we hear. "What the hell was he thinking?"

But the pursuit satisfied a need deep within, cynics be damned.

Some folks might abandon the chase and give up. Others might decide it was the wrong direction and turn to something else and try again.

But the smart ones, I think, study quietly what went wrong, and then retool their effort, and dive in again, if passion is their motive.

Sometimes, we do the thing that makes no sense. It's risky. But it feels right, and we ignore everyone else and go for it.

Security starts with knowing who we are and knowing what we need. The insecure need someone else to tell them these things and validate and affirm who they are. The secure drive ahead, regardless of what others say. It doesn't matter. They know what they need to do. And they do it. No amount of ridicule or cynicism can stop them because they don't hear anyone else.

Life is easy when it's pure.

 


by Brett Rogers, 8/15/2006 3:41:15 PM
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I feel bad. I'm working on it, but I'm insecure about a few things. I don't know anyone who is totally secure.

 

 

Posted by Annette, 8/16/2006 5:41:03 PM


Me neither - never met the totally secure person... and sometimes, "security" can be rude.

 

 

Posted by Brett Rogers (http://www.beatcanvas.com), 8/16/2006 7:21:44 PM



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