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Navigational Aids & Shortcuts July 26, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness.

Experiences may seem negative because our vantage point is limited.  

We are lost in the trees.

Once we move farther along the path, we see more of the forest. 

Our changed vantage point provides clarity.

When we look over our shoulder and take a retrospective glance at the negatives (e.g., being diagnosed with a tumor, having to undergo surgery, dealing with a flooded basement), we find our perspective has shifted.

With expanded cognition, we find that the “negative events” we resisted resulted in valuable lessons and navigational aids for our journey.

We learned something we needed to know.

We received a nudge in the right direction ~ a shortcut to becoming who we were always intended to be.

Aah . . . that’s better!

For more:  Zen & The Art of Happiness


1. Don - July 26, 2012

Sadly, the converse is also true. We can go through experience after experience and learn nothing. I suppose it has everything to do with the depth of our reflectiveness and awareness.

nrhatch - July 26, 2012

There are none so blind as those who will not see.

2. Andra Watkins - July 26, 2012

Nancy, I know you write from the vantage of being in the trees at the moment. I wish you continued strength for your journey.

nrhatch - July 26, 2012

Actually, I feel like I am high above the trees . . . peace prevails. (most of the time). 😉

3. Naomi Estment (@naomiestment) - July 26, 2012

I love this…thanks for the timely inspiration, Nancy!

nrhatch - July 26, 2012

I find that the less I resist . . . the more easily I skate through life. Probably because when we accept the “what is” we free up energy to deal at whatever life tosses our way.

4. suzicate - July 26, 2012

It’s all a learning process…we’ll repeat the lesson until we finally get it.

nrhatch - July 26, 2012

Exactly. We either learn the lesson . . . or keep beating our head against the wall. 😆

5. sufilight - July 26, 2012

Isn’t that a truth? Everything is a learning experience.
Read the comments and glad to read that you are also able to rise above the trees.

nrhatch - July 26, 2012

Me too! I thought having mom move in with us would be HARDER than it’s proving to be . . . thus far, anyway. 😀

6. Three Well Beings - July 26, 2012

It seems I can never really hear this encouragement too often! It’s easy to get lost in those forests, and lose out entirely on what there is to see! A good lesson…thank you! Debra

nrhatch - July 26, 2012

I find constant reminders help me to maintain an even keel . . . even in the midst of stiff winds and high tides.

7. jannatwrites - July 27, 2012

I agree with that observation that our perspective changes when we’ve gone through a tough situation. When we’re going through adversity, it all just seems unfair 🙂

nrhatch - July 27, 2012

When we measure our challenges, we tend to use comparisons with those around us. If we compare our lot in life with people who (seem to) have better cards . . . we end up frustrated.

If we compare hands with those who are less fortunate, we are reminded of how good we have it.

Same cards . . . different perspectives.

8. Pocket Perspectives - July 27, 2012

Happy to hear that you’re high above the trees….it’s far easier when able to have that vantage point…

nrhatch - July 27, 2012

For the most part, I am deflecting (rather than absorbing) the negative energy swirling around. If I swallow any negativity, I spit it out as soon as possible . . . I just don’t care for the taste. 😆

9. kateshrewsday - July 27, 2012

So true, Nancy. My mum’s operation gave us such anxiety and the aftermath was scary – but now, with hindsight, we know exactly what was going on. The trick is to have faith that we can handle the outcome, I guess.

nrhatch - July 27, 2012

Yes! Sometimes life serves us something that we don’t have to enjoy . . . but we still must accept. With that acceptance comes the needed patience (and peace) to allow the dust to settle.

10. cuhome - July 28, 2012

Yes, I’ve noticed that the times I’m learning the most, I’m most definitely not, not, not having a good time — the payoff comes later, after I have a chance to move beyond those trees! Thanks, Nancy!

nrhatch - August 5, 2012

Sometimes it’s the challenges (rather than the rewards) that get us to PAY ATTENTION! 😉

11. loubyjo - August 5, 2012

it not til we look back that things seem much clearer at least we hope that happens but does not seem that way while going a torrid time

nrhatch - August 5, 2012

When I look back, I see the path that led me to this door with crystal clarity ~ despite the fact that the path was obscured from view while I traversed it.

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