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Our Internal Compass May 19, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Mindfulness, People, Spirit & Ego.

Grumpy gusIn writing, like life . . . we can please some of the people, some of the time.

If we try to please ALL of the people, ALL of the time (or even SOME of the people, ALL of the time), we’re not only destined to fail miserably, it’s a virtual certainty that we’ll feel conflicted (rather than confident) in our daily interactions with others.

When we look to others for guidance (for what to be, do, say, or think), we’re relying on a constantly shifting external reference point.  When we attempt to predict and accommodate the vastly divergent opinions of those we meet (rather than being, saying, or doing what we feel), we’re engaged in a energy-draining guessing game.

Constantly looking outside ourselves for guidance is akin to navigating through the woods . . . across shifting terrain . . . in the middle of an earthquake . . . by looking at a compass gone haywire.

How utterly exhausting and unnecessary.

Using an internal reference point, our internal compass, to guide our actions is a less exhausting, and far more accurate, way to interact with the world.

Look deep, the answers lie within.

When we stop hiding who we are, we have more energy to become more fully who we want to be.

Aah . . . that’s better!

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1. Barbara Gunn - May 19, 2010

Intuition is the best voice to follow. It is a direct connection with source.

2. nrhatch - May 19, 2010


The still silent voice within whispers to us constantly . . . sadly, we are often off-line and unable to heed its guidance.

3. Shannon - May 19, 2010

I know this voice well. Sometimes I hear it loud and clear and follow it without fail. Sometimes my internal broadband shorts out and I can’t hear it and then I am lead by others opinions and feel as if in a storm. How to stay on the inside more than the outside for direction I guess is what I am here to learn. Quite challenging I must say! 😉

4. nrhatch - May 19, 2010

My experience exactly.

When we put the preferences of others ahead of our own inner vision when charting our course through life . . . we have to navigate through stormy weather and turbulent seas rather than enjoying smooth sailing:


5. Joanne - May 19, 2010

Ten thumbs up on this post… Yep, I’m a little freakish, and again I say, whether people laugh AT me or WITH me matters not… as long as I made them laugh… Sometimes our internal compass will have us playing the fool, by others’ definition of “fool” or “abnormal”…

My story is, I have always assumed that people everywhere truly want to be rational human beings… Well, whenever I begin to lose my sense of peace in trying to rationalize with those who follow no apparent sense of logic, I realize I’ve become an ASS in ASSuming too much…

ERGO, I’m willing to play the fool for the sake of THEIR amusement… before I move on to another role… NEXT!!! It’s truly a great way to practice self-confidence in the face of the masses who don’t think for themselves and who follow only social conventions that rob them of their individuality. And it’s how I keep myself entertained 😀

6. nrhatch - May 19, 2010

I agree with you.

Many people take themselves far too seriously. They are so focused on protecting their fragile EGO that they miss lots of joy and laughter.

I’d rather be a happy “fool” than a joyless genius.

7. cindy - May 20, 2010

A very encouraging and affirmative post, thank you.

8. nrhatch - May 20, 2010

Just looking at Mickey marching with purpose puts me in a more confident state of mind.

“Yes. Yes I can!”

More than half the battles of life take place between our ears.

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