My son had been fixing up the ponds and streams in our garden. As he was tidying up, he noticed a frog hopping along our boundary wall.
“Let me rescue this little frog”, he thought, “before the dog catches it.”
“I won’t put it in the top pond because that’s where I’ve cemented, so I’ll put it in the bottom pond.”
He walked through the garden to the bottom pond and threw it gently into the water.
In a flash the big yellow koi that lives there jumped out the water, caught the frog mid-air, and swallowed it.
He was devastated.
Later, as he told the story we all had a good laugh.
It reminded me that whatever our intentions are, we seldom have control of the outcome.
Which is why the gurus and spiritual readings out there all advise us not to be attached to the outcome.
How do we do this?
- Let the outcomes guide us and inspire us.
- Imagine your outcomes every morning when you wake up.
- Spend a bit of time enjoying the feeling of living the outcome you desire.
- Then get up and focus on the things that are in your control – your actions, your attitudes and your responses.
And if the outcomes do come your way, be grateful and enjoy!
Success is a journey,
not a destination.
The doing is often more important
than the outcome.