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The Fly and The Window

Instinctively, a fly that is trapped inside a room will fly towards the window.

He knows that is the way out. Upon reaching the window and hitting the glass with all his might, he bounces backward stunned, but again makes a fast approach to what he hopes will be his escape. He just doesn’t comprehend why he can’t get out when he can see the outside right there before him.

After hitting the window for the second time, he slows. Confusion sets in. He begins to buzz about wildly, and repeatedly bounces himself off the window, but with much less force. This could go on for an eternity, so I open the window a crack for him.

Sadly he doesn’t notice.

He stays very close to the place where he first hit the window, determined that is the only way out, but without the peripheral vision to see there’s an alternative. He continues to buzz about and rap himself against the window, growing more and more frantic with each pass. This could go on for an eternity, so I try to shoo him towards the opening.

If he can direct his attention away from his spot on the  window and look for an alternative, escape is right before him.

If he cannot… well, let’s just say  there is a much less desirable fate that awaits him.

For so much of our lives, what we want, who we’d like to be, what we’d like to accomplish, is oftentimes right on the other side of that window.  We can see it ever so clearly. However, because our focus is locked onto the goal,  we blindly attempt to get there by the only means we know how. That may be what we deem as the easiest path, but many times there are alternatives that we’ll fail to notice in our blind desire to simply get there.  Sometimes those alternatives will require us to work harder or smarter, and we shy away from them, because it’s safer to stick to what we know, to simply stay where we are comfortable. The unfamiliar street or dark alley scares us. Other times we don’t know any better, and refuse to consider there may be a better way.

The path of which could very well be the one of least resistance.

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Tommy Spero
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4 Comments

Keith

2013-03-01 21:35:47 Reply

Or, sometimes we don’t realize that regardless of the alternate paths available to reach a goal that the goal itself is the reason we failed to see that which blocks our path to begin with. By this I mean, the goal has become so important that it has all but lost its benefit due to the route we must take to attain it.

While one takes a step back to assess alternate paths to their goal, one should also consider their goal and ensure the means are truly worth the ends and if attaining that goal will actually contribute value to answering the ultimate question when the time comes, “what did I do with my life?”

    Tommy Spero

    2013-03-03 12:46:03 Reply

    Thanks Keith. It’s a good point you make. I think we are all guilty of getting caught up in the doing and losing sight of why we do it in the first place. I appreciate and look forward to more of your insights.

ilaria

2013-03-02 20:12:26 Reply

very true and nicely explained! Definitely something to remember in life, whatever the goal may be.

    Tommy Spero

    2013-03-03 12:47:26 Reply

    Ilaria – so nice of you to come by! Thanks for commenting!

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