Direction vs. Destination

Yesterday I was talking to my brother who owns his own business company in Israel. I said something that naturally came out of me, but when I vocalized it, I paused and said it again and again and internalized it.  And now I want to share it with you, because you may be in the same boat as I am and may appreciate it.

I said “I know where I am going. I don’t know where I will arrive.”

Does that sentence resonate with you? Have you ever felt that sometimes you may know the direction of where you are going, but not clear about the destination? Direction vs Destination.

Do we ever know?

I think I came to an A-ah moment. We may never know the destination and that HAS to be ok with us..AS LONG AS we keep going in the direction.

Take me as an example. I chose to leave my job and go toward the unknown. I knew that I had to do it. It was a burning feeling in my gut that that is the right step to take. Did I know then that my book will be accepted for publication with Morgan James Publishing company? Nope. Did I know that I will be asked to travel to Boise to speak about my expertise? Nope. Did I know exactly how I would feel as I create my new ventures? Nope! I did not know any of it.

But here is what I did know—that I have a direction to go toward. I have a task to do. And that I have to take action not forgetting the intention behind the decision to leave my job. The word direction in Hebrew is kivun, the word intention is Kavanah. In Hebrew, moving toward something intentionally is equal to the word direction.

No one on this earth (that I can vouch for) can tell you for sure where and what your destination will be. Interestingly the word for destination in Hebrew is Ya-ad. In Hebrew it is spelled יעד.  I always taught that the letter yudי  represents God. The word ad עד means until or witness (yes, two words!). So what does the word destination really mean? I am letting you in on a little secret and power of the Hebrew letters… destination means Until God/God witness.

So what I am internalizing this week is that destination is not up to me. It is up to a higher source (which some of us call God, nature, the source, make up your own name). What IS up to me is the direction that I go and the effort that I put in. What is up to me is the intention behind the action that moves me, that moves us from point A to point B.

The rest is up to the Powers at Be.