One day, a group of firefighters was on a mountaintop fighting a fire. Upon finding themselves in a dead spot for radio reception, they became unsure of which direction they should go next to extinguish the flames.
Instead of moving forward as best they knew how, the firefighters stopped and waited where they were.
After a while of waiting, they decided to finally move away from the fire and make their way down to base camp.
Upon arriving, they were reprimanded for their mistake.
Had they moved in any direction towards the fire they would have left the dead spot and been able to receive direction about where to go next.
Your life is the same way.
You want to be inspired every day.
You want to know where to go and what to do to make the most difference. You want to make sure that you are in the best place at all times.
But most of the time, you feel uninspired. You don’t know where to go and what to do, other than what everybody else says.
You are unsure if you are in the best place at any time.
Whenever you are reminded of this fact, you feel disappointed that you aren’t living the life that you want. It’s hard to be separate from your dreams.
And even more difficult not knowing how to reach them.
But it’s not your fault that you feel this way, and there is hope.
Just like those firefighters, moving in any direction will give you the inspiration you need. You don’t even have to know exactly where your end goal is. If you act, you will be shown where to go.
It doesn’t matter if you go in the “wrong” direction and “fail.”
In fact, there’s no such thing as the “wrong direction” or “failure” — at least not the permanent kind that we think exists.
“The only real failure in life is giving up.”― A.G. Street
Those firefighters gave up and went back. They returned to where they had come from, fearing to move forward lest they make one “wrong” decision. Their ultimate failure was their inaction.
Don’t make the same mistake.
In life, there are no permanently wrong decisions, only some that help us learn the directions that we do not want to go.
Only those that learn to fail quickly and often will find the right path to success. I’m reluctant to even use the word failure because of the negative connotation it has.
We need to give the word failure the positivity it deserves.
Failure is a good thing.
It’s part of the purpose of life — to fail so that we can learn how to become better.
We cannot learn and progress without taking wrong steps occasionally.
It’s impossible to experience that learning and progression without moving forward, even, and especially, towards failure.
It doesn’t matter where you move, just take a few steps in any direction and you will be inspired to know exactly where you need to be.