“It is difficult to steer a parked car, so get moving.”
– Henrietta Mears
I love the sentiment and humor behind this statement and I thought this photograph would be apropos.
When we feel directionless, there can be a tendency to stop our activity, to try to get our bearings. While this may be fine for a short time, it is all too easy to find yourself suddenly parked rather than simply idling.
But direction, by it’s very definition, requires movement. Steering is making all the tiny adjustments and course corrections needed to get us where we are going, but there is nothing to adjust or correct if we’re standing still. So we need to get moving.
My usual technique is to start up several activities, more than I know I will end up continuing. Knowing I will abandon some of these efforts takes the pressure off any one of them. The process of deciding which to continue and which to give up on allows me to know which way to steer. This use of comparison (I like this better than that) helps me make the right decisions. I find it harder to evaluate a possible direction in isolation.
How do you get moving? How do you turn the key and apply some pressure to the gas pedal?