Over the 7 years of writing this blog, I’ve had a few important shifts or evolutions … or light-bulb moments.
They typically occur over a period of a few months. One post may start an idea, and then several (or a dozen) posts later the idea starts taking on a life of it’s own.
Within the first six months of starting the blog, I began writing about the life lessons from the movie Forrest Gump. All told, more than 250 of my 525 posts have touched on this theme. The three symbolic life lessons that have emerged as most important are the Feather (opportunity), the Chocolates Box (Choice), and the Nike Shoes (Journey).
Up until now, I always considered them Movie Life Lessons – which they are.
Today, I believe Opportunity, Choice, Journey are their own entity.
They are – together – a framework for viewing the world and living your life.
In simplest terms:
- Everything is an Opportunity
- Everything is a Choice
- Life is a Journey
Why is this shift in my thinking (and future writing) important?
It makes the story more about you the individual – and less about the example of the movie. The example of the movie is still a great example. It’s still a teachable lesson, but it’s only a lesson. The emphasis needs to be on you and implementation.
By becoming more about you the individual, I hope to remind you that there are endless opportunities available, infinite choices available, and that your journey is entirely up to you – and never ending.
The journey is all about new opportunities and new choices. It’s all about attitude and action. You get to choose. You get to decide.