Motion vs. Mission

October 30, 2007

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”

“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.

“I don’t much care where–” said Alice.

“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.

— Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

As simple as it sounds, choosing to go in a certain direction can be tough. Because it’s not really actually about the decision itself. The complicated part comes with where your decision will lead you. The path it puts you on.

The enormity of most decisions can be paralyzing.

But maybe there’s a little bit of deeper wisdom from the Cat in this Lewis Carrol tale than simply that one must know where they want to go in order to get there. If one wants to get anywhere at all, one must choose a path. Of course, when it’s possible, planning, thinking strategically, making wise choices is important. Don’t write that off.

But maybe sometimes it really doesn’t matter much where you go, as long as you are moving.

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6 Responses to “Motion vs. Mission”


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  2. elysa Says:

    “The enormity of most decisions can be paralyzing.” – I couldn’t agree more. It’s surprising the depth of the messages behind most children’s movies.


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  4. My good friend (supervisor and published author) told me much the same thing more than once. I have to say its really true. Quiet time to reflect and figure out where you’re going is needed and sometimes the best decision… but you can’t “not move” forever… if you have to be still and not move for a while… at least be planning your next move and getting over your fears of doing it.


  5. Great insights, John. I think this is sometimes hard to grasp, but reality is, the longer you wait to move, the harder it is to do so. And a lot of times, waiting to make a choice means you lose the freedom to do so – you may have one, or none, of the options you once did. That doesn’t mean you have to run around like a chicken with your head cut off, but the truth is, we’ll never know exactly how things will turn out, so we just have to move sometimes despite uncertainty about exactly where we will end up.


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