The road you travel is always a choice.
At one end of a small town, there was a horse that when anyone tried to pass it – to leave or enter town – the horse would chase them and kick them. Well, one day, all of the townspeople gathered to try and figure out how to get past the horse. Soon, the town sage started to walk down the street, blocked by the uncooperative horse.
The villagers all stood and waited to see what the old master would do. Upon seeing the horse, the master paused, turned down a side alley and disappeared, only to reappear a few moments later on the other side of the street – past the kicking horse. The sage looked at the townspeople staring at him and then calmly turned away, continuing his journey out of town.
The old master showed the townspeople that they all had a choice. They could choose to go down the street and be kicked by the horse or they could choose to go down another road and not get kicked.
Instead of confronting the obstacle, the sage went in another direction, and in doing so, achieved the goal that the other townspeople had wanted, which was to get in or out of town.
Now, that would appear to be the most logical and obvious choice; however, how often do we choose to confront a situation, as opposed to taking the less painful choice?
Let’s take another example. You are driving down a street and someone is riding your tail. Now, you have a few choices, as to how you wish to respond. You could choose to slow down, make hand gestures, and yell at the driver who is tailgating you, or you could choose to pull to the side of the road and let the tailgater pass, after which you could calmly pull back on to the street and continue your journey.
Which do you choose?
The successful businessman and author W.Clement Stone once wrote, “You always do what you want to do. This is true with every act. You may say that you had to do something, or that you were forced to, but actually, whatever you do, you do by choice. Only you have the power to choose for yourself.”
It’s true, you cannot always choose the situations that you will face or the people whom you may encounter – but you can always choose how you respond to those situations and people.
You can always choose the road on which you travel.
Bob Garner is a successful business person, author and inspiring keynote storyteller who delivers presentations for Fortune 1000 corporations on personal and professional development, worldwide. His radio program, “A Mindful Moment,” is heard every Monday during the 8:00 am hour on American General Media Inspiring Talk Radio 920AM KVEC News Talk Radio.
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