“Keep your target firmly in your mind”, or “Big Goals, small steps” are the kind of things I read in passing or hear on the radio or wherever all the time. You cannot fault them. Both of them ring true and make perfect sense.
There is another cultural perspective evident all over the world which talks of the quality of the moment and treasuring each minute of your day. Of course that rings true as well. One person might say that life is an assault on a mountain range, and equipping yourself with the right materials, and showing dogged determination will get up to, or near, your chosen peak. Another perspective will say you are already in a desired location, and it is the appreciation of this you need to develop rather than staring at any career maps. These are often cultural divides. Both of them hold truths.
In Hollywood much of the output is to do with action: good against evil and “goal driven” plots where the villain is finally vanquished or exposed. I love all that together with some popcorn or a hot dog of my choice. There is another kind of film, where events and plotlines are hard to discern and they are more about the growth of awareness, sense of moment, or a change of relationship fuelled by the smallest glance. I love those too, and they nourish me long after the titles have scrolled up the screen.
I saw an Argentinian film recently called “Las Acasias” . Long passages were spent without dialogue and with just the lorry driver holding the wheel. I thought as I watched it, that Hollywood could never make that film because such a scene would be too expensive: they fear the audience’s attention span is too small, and they like to underline each point with several colours of a ball point pen. Perhaps I am being unfair but that is my prerogative (he he he ). Oops better start another paragraph.
At the same time we have all seen the man standing dazed on the path, whose eyes were firmly set on some horizon so that he did not see the lorry of circumstance coming down the road as he crossed it. The man who believed in faith or destiny then lived to reflect on his lack of foresight. The tragedy of those who mistakenly believed that salvation is necessarily just round the corner.
The point is that having your goal in focus is a powerful weapon for strategically navigating your life, and focusing on your goals too much is a great way to waste it.. It is not the obstacles before him which define a man, but his manner in facing them. With the passage of each day I reflect on this. The beauty of a moment is often in its passing. The secret of balance hides behind a curtain hard to draw, but I am attracted by the task of drawing it.