I wonder what I would do without GPS in my Prius? How would I get groceries? Hell, how would I get home? I’m admitting to the blogging world that I have a terrible sense of direction. Yes, I have gotten lost in parking lots. Hey, some of them are very big, like one huge maze.
I take photos now of where I park. What would I do without my iPhone? What would I do without technology? So, yes, I’ll be the first to admit that I rely heavily on technology, especially the GPS in my car and my iPhone and my laptop. Those three things and, oh wait…the Internet. Okay, so those 4 things I rely heavily on, I don’t think I can function properly or do my work without them. Every day, although I’ve memorized (I think) my way home from frequented places, I still in habit or laziness press “home” on my navigation screen. The robot lady complies and says, “Going home” in her almost human voice.
The trusty robot lady and I have a great relationship, by the way. I push her buttons all day long and she complies. She guides me because that’s what she’s programmed to do: To guide idiots like me, those of us who are directionless, with a path and to give the goalless a final destination. While the computer guides me, I don’t have to use my brain and pay attention. Instead, I can distract myself some more at red lights by checking my phone for new text messages, e-mails, and who liked my blog. I might even be able to type out a quick response!
We all have a GPS in our lives, don’t we? Something or someone that guides us, that something can be money. Money can be your GPS. It guides your life, it tells you what to do and who to become in order to get there. It gives you direction. It gives you purpose. Money leads your life.
If you’re religious, God can be the GPS of your life. He is your guide. He is your decision maker. He is your moral compass. Your GPS can be your convictions, even the conviction of an atheist who doesn’t have a belief in anything.
If you belong to PETA, then the GPS of your life is your desire to share to the world, the cruelty of animals and expose animal abuse. Your GPS is to share how terrible it is to eat flesh.
I’m not a vegetarian, so that’s not my GPS. I’m not an atheist either, but I have realized that what runs our lives can and often do change.
Some of you might disagree with me on this, but people do change. Change is inevitable, after all. We have the power to change our belief system. We have the power to change what or who runs our life. If your GPS is an abusive partner, he/she runs your life. But, you and only you have the power to no longer let a person wield power over you.
The GPS of your life can be the gym and your life is your body. At the end of the day, you might be satisfied with what or who runs your life. You can recite your mantras every morning that this GPS in your life is what you can not live without.
Nothing and no one can change your mind, not until the GPS in your life leads you down the wrong path. Maybe it consumes you until you have nothing left of yourself. Maybe you realize that everything you put your faith and hope into no longer feels like you. It’s okay to let good be your compass to live by, but not everyone is good. I learned that the hard way. Not everyone has your back and not everyone has a good intentions.
The Bottom Line:
Ultimately, the GPS of your life has to be you. At the end of the day, you have to be in control of your life. You can’t let someone on this earth or some monetary thing dictate to you what’s important, what truly matters. The road is yours, you decide and make the decision.
Honestly, as long as you let Love be the GPS of your life…love and discernment, then you are heading in the right direction.