If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.
– Lao Tzu
When I first came across this quote, I thought it was a warning to change one’s path before it was too late, before one ended up at a regrettable destination. I always thought that the quote was only about avoiding negative outcomes.
However, just today, I came across this comment, that totally changed how I look at the quote.
As that comment mentions, the quote could equally as well mean that, if we are on the right track, then all we need to do, to reach our destination, is to stay on it.
This reflects other popular quotes about not giving up. We might be very close to our destination, but if we change directions at that point (by giving in, or by being impatient, for example), we just might miss it. Instead of being just about negativity, the quote becomes a call to embrace positivity as well. I have read that quote so many times, but never saw this positive connotation of it.
This made me further realize just how ambiguous even the simplest of things can be. A minor change in one’s view-point, and the entire thing just turns around completely. We might go our entire lives missing out on so much, just because we are blind to something that’s different from our initial expectations.
And talking about ambiguity, I had already posted this sometime back.
Funny, how things play out sometimes.