“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.
“I don’t much care where–” said Alice.
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.
“–so long as I get SOMEWHERE,” Alice added as an explanation.
“Oh, you’re sure to do that,” said the Cat, “if you only walk long enough.”
Author: Lewis Carroll in Alice in Wonderland.
Reflection: This exchange between Alice and the Cheshire Cat in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland is often paraphrased as “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.” If you do not have direction in your life, or have no goal, or just a vague idea of what you want to achieve, it is all the same thing because you have nothing to aim at; you go nowhere. That lack of direction leads to unhappiness. Without direction, without a destination, without a goal, how do you choose a road, or plot a course to get where you want to be? So the first step to happiness should be to pick a goal, and then make a plan for how to achieve it.
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