I was out shopping before Christmas looking for the "perfect" gifts. My thoughts were narrowly focused on the task at hand. I went into stores with the same intentions, the same focus, the same thoughts, "...the perfect gifts, looking for the perfect gifts, perfect, perfect, perfect..."
As I looked through the same stores following Christmas, I noticed that my thoughts, focus, and intentions were not the same. I did not need to find the "perfect" gift anymore, but was just browsing. I stood in front of the same aisle of products only days after my "perfect gift" shopping trip, and my view was different. I saw gifts and fun items that I did not see days before. How did I not notice these gifts before and how did I allow myself to become so narrow-focused? When did I allow the world pass me by without noticing the small things in life? What other small things have passed me by without my notice?
We are in a horse race, the race of life, yet we are not the jockeys, but the horses. We are wearing blinders on our eyes and only see the narrow path in front of us. We are allowing others to guide our actions and dertermine our path for us. It is time for us, for me, to stop being the horse with blinders on our eyes. Change your perspective and become the jockey. Sit up high and take charge, take off the blinders, and see the path(s) we can take from a new view.
There are so many opportunities to choose a new path. Get off the straight and narrow path, which you can only see with blinders on. Take them off and notice the many choices that present themselves everyday. Notice the curve of your own path and see the intersections of opportunity approaching at every moment.
Be the jockey of your life and ride free with the force of the wind in your face. Look around at the view and guide your life in a direction that is meaningful to you. Remove those blinders and see!