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Changing lanes and Twisting Turns

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Douglas Clark
-Head writer, The Inspiration Engine

What do you do when life makes you change directions?We all have plans, or at least we should.Dreams and goals motivate us and drive us forward; otherwise we’d all be sitting on the couch watching TV.And if we’re smart, we take that motivation fostered by our dreams and goals and work toward success.Sometimes it takes a lifetime to achieve, and sometimes we never quite actually get there, but part of the value of the whole endeavor is the experience we gain along the way.But what happens when those dreams and goals become unattainable?What if after you’ve put forth so much effort, time, and energy you realize it will never happen? You have to change lanes.The old saying is ‘life’s a journey, not a destination’ but it’s really easy to use the analogy of a life being like a highway.Sometimes, while driving down that highway of life, you have to change lanes just to keep going.It might be unpleasant, and it might certainly be not what you…

Perseverance Pays Off

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What keeps you going?  How do you go on when you know it may never get any better than this?  Hope.  As corny as that sounds, it’s true.  It’s very rare that you find a person who’s life is absolutely nothing but despair, or total happiness.  Life has a way of fluctuating and changing without you even lifting a finger to help it.  But if you don’t even try to direct it on a course that you can live with, it will become oppressive.  That attempt at driving your life forward can be hard, but it can also be rewarding.  Those clichés about ‘giving it your all’ or ‘never giving up’ and the like are clichés because people have used those thoughts and ideas to persist, strive, endure.  The mere act of living through hard times is an act of perseverance.  Now, I’m not talking about continuing on a path you know will lead to failure.  I’m not suggesting that you take on an endeavor you know to be fool-hearty and just shlog through hoping it will all work out in the end.  No, what I’m talking a…

Dreaming Should Lead To Doing

I sometimes let my imagination run wild.  To some that’s a good thing; to some that’s a bad thing.  There are times when letting your mind wander to far off places is perfectly fine, healthy even.  But there are also times when staying focused and getting the job done is just as important.  You’ve probably heard the old saying “you’ve got your head in the clouds” or “all work and no play makes you a dull person”, well if you’ve ever heard those being applied to yourself, you’ve probably taken the dreaming or doing way too far. It’s all about balance (aren’t most things…?).  There are times when I know I should be Doing something, working hard at finishing a task or a goal I’ve set for myself.  An excellent point is my writing.  For years I’ve written short stories and dreamed of being a published author.  But I never submitted anything.  Dreaming far outweighed the Doing in that case.  So finally, I submitted several of my stories because it became important to have that balance betwee…