The title of this blog post is; are you following the clock or the compass? What does it
even mean? What the difference?
The difference is massive. You see the clock and the compass represents something. So the clock represents the busyness of the life. It represents the busyness of the world, the straps, the other people's agendas, the schedules, the tight routine, and all of that. It basically represents things outside of you. So if you're following the clock, it basically means that your life is being controlled by the external life. So you're being driven by the external life, the pressures of the job, the pressures of this, the pressures that, the stresses of this etcetera. They are all moving you in this tunnel of life.
So it's sort of moving you almost against your will. If your life was a bus, are you a passenger sitting on the bus and the bus is just driving where it wants to drive, or are you the driver of that bus. So when you're following the clock, that's when you're a passenger. You're basically just going with the flow, you're just allowing everybody else's agenda is to control your life, to control your emotions, to control your feelings. So if somebody cuts you off in front of you with the car, you get mad at them, you get angry. If somebody does this, you get upset, if something happens here, you're happy. So you like that puppet on the strings being controlled by all of these external things to you.
Now, the other side is the compass and actually have, I hope I can show you this. I have my compass here on my table, I want to show you that. It's pretty cool. I really like it. So this actually sits on my table for a reason to remind me every day to follow my compass. So what is compass? Well as opposed to the clock, which is external, the compass is internal. So the compass represents your definite major purpose in life. What were you put on this planet? What is your mission? What were you born to do? What were you born to achieve? What are your dreams? What are your ambitions? What are your burning desires? That's the compass.
Instead of focusing on the seconds of the day, like, “I need to do this and I need to put that in, I need to do the Washing and I need to run pick up the kids.” The little stresses of life that so many people let to completely overwhelm their life when they're no longer thinking ahead, they’re no longer planning the future. They’re just, what's going to be the next five minutes, what's going to be in the next half an hour, they’re just consumed by the business of life, where they don't even have time to plan the future anymore. They say that most people spend a lot more time planning their grocery list than they plan their future five years, 10 years and 15 years if you counted the amount of hours that they put into it. Whereas the compass, it represents you focused on the direction of your life.
Instead of just being focused on the seconds in front of you, you keeping in touch with your long term plan, with your long term mission, with your agenda, with what you’re supposed to achieve in this life, the reason why because, I really doubt that any one of us were placed on this planet to pay the bills. I really doubt that any of us were placed on this planet, just to go to school, get good grades, get into university, get good grades, get a job, work for 40 hours a week for 40 years, you know, and retire after 40 years on 40% of something that wasn't enough to begin with and then die six months later after retiring. I seriously doubt that that's the reason why any single person was placed on this planet.
But so many people accept that. They said, well, that's the life you know, that's like go to work, come back, and have a beer, watch some telly go to sleep. Get up. Go to work. You know, get home, watch some telly, have a beer, go to sleep, weekend comes have more beers go to sleep. Monday back to work like a robot like a zombie, right? Nothing is changing in their life, no progress, no light at the end of the tunnel, just a routine. I think it was Emerson who said, a quiet life of desperation. You know, like a hopeless existence. You know, where is just yeah, waiting for that death to come and release you from this life, you know of torture and misery, you know what I mean? That's how a lot of people live, that's living by the clock.
Now, on the other hand, you sometimes see these people achieving in life, living the dream, you know, completely actualizing their potential, you know, and really maximizing what they can do on this earth from donating millions to charities to build a multi-million companies to changing Religious lives or changing the politics or changing the sports or whatever, right inventing things, etcetera. Guess what those people are living by. They're not living by the clock. They living by the compass, right? They're living by the compass because that arrow in the compass, you know, the shows the true north, it shows the direction of your life. That's what it represents.
So for me, I always have it on my table so that every time I sit down, I put my computer on my table on my desk. I see this in front of me and it reminds me during the day, keep following the compass instead of following the clock, right? Keep following the big mission, keep following the big vision, and keep following your definite major purpose in this life. You know, keep doing what you were born to do what you were meant to do, and you decide like, nobody, I can't come and say, Elena, you were born to do this in your life. And Louie, you are supposed to be doing this. No, it's your decision. You need to find what is your definite major purpose in life? What is your mission? What was the reason you were placed on this planet, you know. And when you find it, you just make it happen.
And it doesn’t mean it happens right away doesn't mean that your bills go away; it doesn't mean that your job goes away; it doesn't mean that your kids go away. It doesn't mean that the traffic outside goes away. It's still there. But now, it's not all that is there. You know what I mean? It's still there, you still have to pay your bills or you'll get kicked out of your house, you still have to take your kids to school on time and pick them up on time, or you'll get some social services, you still have to drive in bloody traffic etcetera, that doesn't go away. But that now is just part of the world outside. It's not all of it. You know what I mean?
Because alongside of that is your mission, so you don't get so stressed anymore. You don't get so panicked and anxious about all of those little things because you realize that they are just the little things of every day. You know, your gas bill. coming a little bit higher than expected, or your car breaking down, or the washing machine on the blink or boil on the blink or something like that. It no longer makes your life crumble to pieces because you realize that in the big picture of your life, that boiler breaking down is pretty meaningless.
In the big picture of your life, if we take your whole life as a journey, that guy that just cut you off in traffic, and slammed on the brakes, is really meaningless. It's really just a drop in the ocean. And it's not worth for you to get angry about or to get upset about or to get emotional about to let it affect you and stress you out. You know what I mean? Because it's such a tiny thing compared to your mission. So that's what I wanted to share with you. I hope this makes sense. I hope go a bit too high and lofty with my ideas.
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