Thoughts From The Wilderness – “GPSing” Through Life

We just bought a new car.

In fact, we’ve had it exactly two weeks today(Saturday).

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In many ways, it is a pretty basic model, but it does come with a variety of electronic gadgets, including GPS.

Lynn will be the first to admit, that I have an excellent sense of direction. A quick look at Google Maps and I drove from our home in central Ontario to the east coast of Canada.gps3

Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve used a GPS in the past. More often than not, they work just fine and get you to your destination with no problems whatsoever.

Sometimes though, blindly following the GPS like its giving directions that have been blessed by God, can lead you to places that….. well …….. places that you weren’t anticipating.

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But, in essence, isn’t a GPS is simply an electronic map?

A “bit version” of our old and it appears long-forgotten paper maps. Back in the old days, one would take out your paper highway map and trace a route from Point A to Point B.

Rummaging around in a kitchen drawer to find a piece of scrap to then write the directions out on. All the while, hoping you got it correct and that there aren’t any construction detours encountered along the way. track.map

With a GPS, if you go off track because of construction, the device simply re-calculates the directions and gets you(hopefully) back on the right course.

All of this is a wonderful, yet dry debate on the merits of the GPS versus the “dinosaur-like paper map.”

One point about maps though, regardless if they are paper or electronic, they are based solely on where others have been.

Maps require obedience. Follow the directions that given to you; turn left here; go straight along this road. Don’t deviate from the course set for you.

What about in life though?

Do or should we blindly follow someone else’s map? What if that map only works for them?

Or should we chart our own course through life?

What about only using a compass??

Take a look at this post from November of last year.

It’s a short, yet a powerful read on empowerment and charting our OWN course.

Remember…

 

—  get outdoors; find inspiration; discover yourself  —

 

 

Thoughts From the Wilderness – Finding Your Way in Life

Often as we cruise along in life, there are times when we may need to make a course correction. The correction may be minor in nature or it may be a major change in lines of a new career for example.

Regardless of the change magnitude, having those along with us who have our back so to speak and can help support us as we navigate through these times can and will be of the upmost importance.

But on a cautionary note, there will be plenty of folks who are willing to “give their two-cents” as what you should do or not do. Be wary though. Often they’re giving “advice” only in terms of hearing themselves speak.

From October 2018…..

My life is going in the wrong direction!

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Source: Google Images

Getting Direction

Finding our way or getting direction in which way to go in life or even in making a huge life decision can be challenging at best. Tackling all of this on our own presents a whole new set of issues and trials to deal with. Ever try playing a team sport all by yourself? If you’re the only person on the defensive side of the ball, it’s impossible I would think to keep the offensive team from scoring – A LOT!

That’s why they call it a team sport. A group of people supporting each other to create a positive result.

Getting Support

We all need people around us and those people need to be on our side.

Having a support network around you, even it if it just one person who has your back may be all you need to succeed.

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If you’ve taken a day or even just a few short hours to do some hiking on the Bruce Trail in Ontario, you would see a fair bunch of these along the way. In fact, most of the trail systems we’ve been on use some version of this to indicate the direction to head in.

Every so often you can get multiple indications of where you are and which way to go. Really?……….now, that looks confusing…….?

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Which way to go?

For the most part, the Bruce Trail is pretty easy to follow, although lately with fall and the leaves coming off the trees, the trail does tend to get covered and unrecognizable.

At those times the trail indicators sure do come in handy.

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Much like hiking along the Bruce Trail, don’t we all need indicators of some sort in our lives that help us to see or to tell us……………. “hey you’re headed in the right direction” or “man, the direction you’re heading right now is not good…….time for a change don’t ya think?”

Isn’t it the people in our lives that help us the most?

It might be our spouse; maybe it’s a real close lifelong friend; a brother or sister; maybe our parents who come along and help give us some direction or provide some clarity when we need it.

When we’re out along the Bruce Trail as an example and we see those symbols along the way, we can be pretty sure they’re correct and guiding us in the right direction.

Why?  Because they were placed by people who know that section of the trail intimately.

We all need people who can help us; give direction when needed, or just to encourage us by telling us we’re on the right road. But, those people need to know us; where we are and where we want to go. In other words, they need to know us really well. And I mean REALLY WELL.

My experience over far too many decades is that there are scores of people who want to give us direction; all too eager to try and help us, or stop us and get us pointed in another direction.

Here’s the rub though…………problem is……………I’ve kind of felt they don’t really know what they’re talking about and they certainly don’t have my best interests at heart.

Sounds cyclical, but it’s true.

But, if you have just a one or two people who you can really trust; that know you intimately and you truly know they have YOUR best interests at the forefront….then you’re on the right track.

Finding the right direction at any time whether it be in life or in the wilderness is a rewarding challenge that can involve a considerable amount of trial and error. To stack the odds in your favour, having supportive people around you certainly ups your chances for a positive outcome.

One Tip:

Remember, that talk is cheap.

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Source: Google Images

Correct Support

Focus and get support from people based on what they do, not on what they say. If they constantly go on about having your best interests at heart but are forever trying to force their opinions or their way of life on you or keep yapping on about why you can’t do what you want to do – really that is not being supportive.

That’s not what you need.

Surround yourself with people or even if it is just one person who will respect who you are, but still be there when you need them.

Just like those directional markers along the Bruce Trail, there are those times we need someone to help give us direction; to let us know we’re on the right path; maybe to help steer us to the better path.

In fact, I think you’d be in a pretty good spot, even if you had only one person.

Yup, we all just at least one person like that in our lives.

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Source: Google Images

Thanks for reading.

Thoughts From the Wilderness – Navigating Through Life

How do we navigate through life?

Does one simply forge ahead with no destination in mind; simply “going with the flow” and dealing with whatever comes across their path? Perhaps one follows the lead set out for them by parents, society or the educational system they find themselves in when they’re young.

There is a multitude of quotes and inspirational phrases that deal with “navigating through life.”

The picture below is of a compass found on the lobster boat “Now N Then” owned by our friend Paul Fitzpatrick from Prince Edward Island. Although he uses electronics and a variety of GPS systems on the boat, he says he could still navigate to locate his lobster traps using this old compass, even if it was foggy on the water.

34We live in an age that seems to reward certainty and confidence. As such, it’s tempting to look for a map. The shortest, fastest, and easiest way to get where you want to go (or worse, where others think you should want to go).

If that’s the way we’ve chosen to go, the question that should come to mind is, “do I have the right map in the first place?” And if we’re going to use a map to navigate through life, am I using the map I want or the map that someone else wants me to use?

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Source: Google Images

The problem with maps is they can only take you where others have already been. They can’t reveal the best course for you. Only a compass can do that.

Maps require obedience. Follow the directions that given to you; turn left here; go straight along this road. Don’t deviate from the course set for you.

Compasses, on the other hand, cultivate empowerment.

Using a compass over a map requires curiosity and courage. Heading south-west that’s all I know. A willingness to learn as you go. We’ll figure things out as we go along. It allows for course correction and tacking. The compass invites adventure and fellow travellers.

Are you trying to find your way or follow someone else’s? Do you need a map or a compass?

A map with your life’s route planned out for you doesn’t provide for many adventures. Often the best adventures show up around the bend you didn’t know was there.

Use the compass that is within you. Be curious; be courageous; learn as you go and be willing to make a course correction or two along the way.

Find your bearing. You’ll be all right and you’ll end up where you supposed to be, not where a map tells you to go.

 

All images, unless specifically noted – Source: Google Images

Thoughts From the Wilderness – Finding Your Way in Life

My life is going in the wrong direction!

direction
Source: Google Images

Getting Direction

Finding our way or getting direction in which way to go in life or even in making a huge life decision can be challenging at best. Tackling all of this on our own presents a whole new set of issues and trials to deal with. Ever try playing a team sport all by yourself? If you’re the only person on the defensive side of the ball, it’s impossible I would think to keep the offensive team from scoring – A LOT!

That’s why they call it a team sport. A group of people supporting each other to create a positive result.

Getting Support

We all need people around us and those people need to be on our side.

Having a support network around you, even if it just one person who has your back may be all you need to succeed.

DSC_0007

If you’ve taken a day or even just a few short hours to do some hiking on the Bruce Trail in Ontario, you would see a fair bunch of these along the way. In fact, most of the trail systems we’ve been on use some version of this to indicate the direction to head in.

Every so often you can get multiple indications of where you are and which way to go. Really?……….now, that looks confusing…….?

IMG_20170921_104238036
Which way to go?

For the most part, the Bruce Trail is pretty easy to follow, although lately with fall and the leaves coming off the trees, the trail does tend to get covered and unrecognizable.

At those times the trail indicators sure do come in handy.

DSC_0008

Much like hiking along the Bruce Trail, don’t we all need indicators of some sort in our lives that help us to see or to tell us……………. “hey you’re headed in the right direction” or “man, the direction you’re heading right now is not good…….time for a change don’t ya think?”

Isn’t it the people in our lives that help us the most?

It might be our spouse; maybe it’s a real close lifelong friend; a brother or sister; maybe our parents who come along and help give us some direction or provide some clarity when we need it.

When we’re out along the Bruce Trail as an example and we see those symbols along the way, we can be pretty sure they’re correct and guiding us in the right direction.

Why?  Because they were placed by people who know that section of the trail intimately.

We all need people who can help us; give direction when needed, or just to encourage us by telling us we’re on the right road. But, those people need to know us; where we are and where we want to go. In other words, they need to know us really well. And I mean REALLY WELL.

My experience over far too many decades is that there are scores of people who want to give us direction; all too eager to try and help us, or stop us and get us pointed in another direction.

Here’s the rub though…………problem is……………I’ve kind of felt they don’t really know what they’re talking about and they certainly don’t have my best interests at heart.

It sounds cyclical, but it’s true.

But, if you have just one or two people who you can really trust; that knows you intimately and you truly know they have YOUR best interests at the forefront….then you’re on the right track.

Finding the right direction at any time whether it be in life or in the wilderness is a rewarding challenge that can involve a considerable amount of trial and error. To stack the odds in your favour, having supportive people around you certainly ups your chances for a positive outcome.

One Tip:

Remember, that talk is cheap.

16690-Talk-Is-Cheap
Source: Google Images

Correct Support

Focus and get support from people based on what they do, not on what they say. If they constantly go on about having your best interests at heart but are forever trying to force their opinions or their way of life on you or keep yapping on about why you can’t do what you want to do – really that is not being supportive.

That’s not what you need.

Surround yourself with people or even if it is just one person who will respect who you are, but still be there when you need them.

Just like those directional markers along the Bruce Trail, there are those times we need someone to help give us direction; to let us know we’re on the right path; maybe to help steer us to the better path.

In fact, I think you’d be in a pretty good spot, even if you had only one person.

Yup, we all just at least one person like that in our lives.

support
Source: Google Images

Thanks for reading.