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You’re Going The WRONG Way! January 12, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Mindfulness.

170px-Alice_par_John_Tenniel_02Perseverance is good . . . provided that we are headed in the right direction.

Of course, sometimes the opposition we face is the Universe’s way of saying, “Turn Around. You’re on the WRONG road.”

How do you know whether to “keep on keeping on”?

Look deep.

The answers lie within.

No rules.  Just write!

Related posts:  Word for the Year ~ Persevere (Flying Gma’s Blog) * One Powerful Word 2011 (Always Well Within) * 2011 . . . A Year I Didn’t Schedule  (Becky Levine) * The Hard Thing is to Stick to Things (T4D) * Live Your Life * A Somewhat Disorderly Life (The Water Witch’s Daughter) * Calling Bullshit:  The More You Fear Something The More You Should Do It.  Who Came Up With This Garbage? (The Middle Finger Project)


1. Richard W Scott - January 12, 2011

Or, to put it another way. If you keep going the direction you’re headed, you’re liable to get there. (spoken wryly)

nrhatch - January 12, 2011

Hahaha! Exactly. {{Spoken with a true appreciation for Rik’s wry sense of humor}}

Cindy - January 13, 2011


2. Carol Ann Hoel - January 12, 2011

Great post! Thank you for sharing… Blessings…

nrhatch - January 12, 2011

Sometimes when we are beating our head against a brick wall, we need to look for a door.

Thanks, Carol Ann.

3. Greg Camp - January 12, 2011

I prefer to keep going and allow the universe to make accommodation for me. It’s all so much simpler that way.

nrhatch - January 12, 2011


When we’re happily engaged as we traipse along, chances are we’re headed in the right direction.

When we strugggle each day to find the necessary motivation to get out of bed, chances are that we are living someone else’s life and need to re-think things a bit.

4. Sandra Lee - January 12, 2011


There’s always that little voice inside when I’m going the wrong way ~ but sometimes I “hear” it but don’t really “hear” until I’ve started going the wrong way. Looking within is the perfect practice!

nrhatch - January 12, 2011


When we become absolutely determined to enjoy what we do, we start using our internal compass to guide our decisions . . . and we make better choices as a result.

5. suzicate - January 13, 2011

Perseverence is the word I use to describe my great grandmother that I never knew….and always our answers are within us.

nrhatch - January 13, 2011

When we are happy and content, we know we are on the right path. When we are filled with dis-ease, we probably need to check our internal road map. 🙂

6. kateshrewsday - January 13, 2011

Our ego plays such a large part here.
Have you seen The Man With Two Brains? The learned brain surgeon stands in front of a portrait of his first wife, asking whether he should wed the second (who is a murderous self seeking psychopath).
“Just give me any sign”, he says…
There is a great wind, and the portrait flies round and round on its nail on the wall, and from somewhere a ghostly voice moans “No! No! No!”
He stands having witnessed it, and there is an awkward pause.
“Just any sign”, he continues; “Meanwhile I might just turn you round to face the wall”.
He chooses to completely ignore the signs. I’ve done the same thing in the past 🙂

nrhatch - January 13, 2011

Great story, Kate.

The still silent voice is often hard to hear over the screaming demands of our glorious Ego.

When we don’t listen, if the message needs to be heard . . . whispers become nudges become shoves.

7. Paula Tohline Calhoun - January 13, 2011

I like this post, but I was probably not going to make much of a comment (you had already said it all!) until I saw Kate’s comment, and I had to laugh. I LOVE Steve Maartin, and just below the surface of most of his films there is always something to relish – even the ones he didn’t write and in which he only starred. “The Man With Two Brains,” is up there high on my list – I LOL just thinking about it. The theme of signs became even more evident in the movie he wrote/starred/produced called “L. A. Story.” Wonderfully inventive film and I see something new in it every time I watch it. The signs are indeed everywhere, but the requirement from us is not only to listen, but to heed and respond! Just hearing the voice is not enough. Never is. It’s just the first step.

nrhatch - January 13, 2011

I think I need to put both those movies on my NF queue.

I’ve seen L.A.Story, but it’s been ages. Never even heard of The Man with Two Brains.

Paula - January 13, 2011

The following are necessary for anyone’s Steve Martin collection (you’ve probably seen them all, but I haven’t seen a single Steve Martin film that I haven’t wanted to see again!):

The Jerk
The Man With Two Brains
L. A. Story
The Three Amigos
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
All of Me
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
A Simple Twist of Fate*
The Spanish Prisoner

I have starred “A Simple Twist of Fate” because so many people have not heard of nor seen it. This is another of the films he wrote as well as starred in, and a terrific and touching film. It is his updated version of the story of Silas Marner, and it is in its own way brilliant. If you haven’t seen it, definitely put that on your Netflix queue first. It is not the comedic film you might expect from him, nor is The Spanish Prisoner (another quirky film, a thriller) or Shopgirl (from the novella he also wrote. Very good read, BTW). So get ready for some great movie viewing! Our son Matt can recreate certain scenes from The Three Amigos for you if you want to come visit! 😀 That silly, funny, riotous movie is one of our family’s all-time favorites.

I could go on and on. . .lucky for you, I won’t. I’ve typed enough. . .

nrhatch - January 13, 2011

Thanks, Paula. I’ve seen most of these. Added a few to the queue! 🙂

And WHEN I come for a visit, I shall encourage Matt to entertain the Amigos with Three Amigos!


8. Paula - January 13, 2011

Counting on that visit. And it is also appears a trip Florida way this Spring/Summer is more and more possible. Ashley will be doing some research at Paine College in Augusta, GA (where his Dad was President). Since we will be going that far, we’ve decided we will likely just “keep going” and visit with Ashley’s father’s cousin in Orlando (she’s approaching 90), plus I have discovered that my long-lost college roommate lives south of Tampa, and also, a historic re-creation site is located near DeFuniak Springs, where some of Ashley’s ancestors settled originally when they immigrated from Scotland.

So, pick out the restaurant. We’ll take you and the BFF for a meal! 😀 I think we probably ought to film the occasion for posterity and the blogosphere, don’t you?

nrhatch - January 13, 2011

Sounds awesome! Keep us posted on your plans.

There are some beautiful waterfront restaurants ~ including our favorite pizza place with a patio overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. 😉

9. suzicate - January 16, 2011

Ok, I’m looking deep, and I know the answers will come. I don’t think I need to do a U-turn but maybe veer a bit to the right!

nrhatch - January 16, 2011

Sometimes we need only a slight adjustment to keep moving in the direction of OUR dreams, rather than working to achieve the dreams that others would foist upon us.

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