Changing your inner compass


Grazing upon each other

Cannibalising potential

As it rises

Defeatist surmises

That it’s probably not worth the bother

How can this be the first thought

That pure awareness produces


The beginning of a day

To some

The day is over before it’s begun

The optimist pipes

The pessimist gripes

And the realist just goes on and on

Climbing over hurdles

Breaking down mountains

Into their smallest parts

Carrying heavy pieces in their hearts


They carry on

And on

And on

And on

I used to be an optimist with a generous dash of pessimist when my anxiety got out of control. Now I guess I’m a realist. If such things are even important.

People and personalities are not set in stone. If this was so then why would we be born and grow? 

What would be the point to life and learning? Yet humans tend to categorise and place themselves and others according to these endless array of labels. 

Change becomes frowned upon by others but mostly by the individual themselves. Change requires a recalibration of thought from the very centre of our being outwards. It’s all to hard for some and they relapse into the safe rotations of the familiar.

Some arrive at the edges of their perimeters and then think “oh well this is the limit of me” and collapse back in on themselves.

Perhaps it’s safer – the known quantity – comforting yet confining.

A change of view starts with a point (of view). 

That point is located at the heart of a circle of thinking.

This point is not set in stone. It can be adjusted, yet some spend their entire lives rotating throughout the parameters of this circle as if it is the only width and breadth achievable.

It’s not. 

Change is as easy as altering the concentric point from which your compass rotates. 

Or if the change required (or desired) is more dramatic – simply lift  your entire compass (remember maths and drawing at school?) and start drawing from a fresh location on the page.

Which is why travelling away from our usual locations are so vital to growth.  It broadens perspective and widens the circles from which we can draw. 

Travel literally changes our compass points.


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