01 June 2014

Your Goal May Be Delayed

My brother lived in Wyoming circa 2003-04 for less than a year and during this time I made four pilgrimages from Illinois to visit him. On a couple of those visits, he drove me along the Snowy Range Scenic Byway and passed through a little town called Centennial.

Centennial WY 1.04

We stopped at the Old Corral for food and I discovered an old-timey-looking metal scale where, when standing on it, drop a nickel in a slot next to the month you were born to get a fortune along with your weight. My fortune read:

Your Goal May Be Delayed
But You Will Succeed

These words have provided me comfort time and time again, when I am working toward a goal that seems to be just beyond my grasp.

As things are still uncertain as to whether or not I will land the job of my dreams, I am also reminded of one of the lessons in The Alchemist, that there is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure. It's scary taking a big risk which may or may not produce the result one is working toward, but I have to believe that as long as I keep putting in the effort, I will succeed.

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Listening to: New Order - Age of Consent
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