I remember reading the book Ordering Your Private World by Gordon MacDonald way back in the mid 1980’s. I remember writing out various long term life goals, mostly in the interpersonal relationship realm, but other goals as well.
At the time, we were living 1000 miles from home, on government assistance, renting a rat invested house, driving an old car that someone had given us, living from paycheck to paycheck. Four little kids in tow…I could go on and on…anyway, I know what it feels like to feel trapped, crushed by stress, some of it self inflicted, some of it not.
Hope awakened in my heart after reading that book.
I knew I needed to make drastic changes.
The people pleasing part of me had to die.
I think it word pictures.
I remember having a word picture in my mind of a large ocean going vessel, headed in wrong direction. Those ships can not turn on a dime, even if you hit the rudder hard.
It takes time to make a course correction.
I remember taping several pieces of typing paper on the wall in front of my desk, with this ship at various positions, until it was headed on a new course.
There is something exciting when ever so slightly you begin to see a change in direction…
Long story short, saw that picture tonight and thought, there is a nugget of wisdom I have tasted first hand.
That is my story and I’m sticking with it. 😉 DM