Yesterday, my mother and I were driving from Bergen to Hønefoss, from the West coast of Norway to the East. The trip goes along the fjords, through beautiful villages, and over the still snow capped mountains. On a normal day the view is absolutely breathtaking. Yesterday when we got up one the mountain we were suddenly surrounded by a very dense fog. We could not see the mountains at all. We could hardly see 20-30 meters ahead. Driving on the winding road became difficult. I had to concentrate intensely on the few meters of road I could see. We couldn’t see the cars, trucks and busses going in the opposite direction until they were very close. Usually I like driving and find it enjoyable. Especially driving in Norway, and seeing the magnificent nature can even be relaxing. Yesterday it was anything but relaxing.
I thought about the experience for a while and realized that driving through the fog was a bit like certain times in my life when I wasn’t really sure of where I was going and what I was going to do. I was just going day by day, without a plan, without a vision. The Bible says in Proverbs that where there is no vision, the people perish. The times when I didn’t have a vision, when I didn’t really know where I was headed, when I was going more day to day, there was no real joy in what I was doing. I couldn’t see where I was headed, so I didn’t grow, I didn’t make any progress. I was just going through the motions, but getting nowhere.
After many kilometers in the fog, barely being able to see the turns in the road, the fog lifted. The mountain air is always clean, but after driving 30 minutes without being able to see ahead, the clarity of vision after the fog lifted seemed intense. Driving became easy. Almost effortless. I could see where I was going. I could see the road way ahead, and anticipate the turns. I could see the oncoming traffic. Now it was truly a pleasure to drive.
I do have a vision in my life now, and I have set clear goals for myself, long term and short term. I am able to see ahead where I am going, and life is so much more enjoyable. Now that I have big dreams in my life, now that the vision is crystal clear, I am no longer just going through the motions. I am going somewhere. I am busier, I have a lot more to do, I am making faster progress, and I am thoroughly enjoying the journey, every bit of it.
If your life is a bit like my trip over the mountains yesterday, in a fog, and you can’t really see where you are headed, whatever you do, don’t just keep going hoping it will change. Stop and take time to get a clear vision for your life. Set some goals. Visualize your dreams. Then the fog will lift and you will be able to fully appreciate every moment of life’s fantastic journey.
Living life without a plan, without a vision, is like driving through a thick fog. It’s tiring, stressful, and it is so much harder to reach your goals.
If your life is like driving through a dense fog, and you can’t really see where you are headed, stop and take time to get a clear vision for your life. Set some goals. Visualize your dreams. Then the fog will lift and you will be able to fully appreciate every moment of life’s fantastic journey.