This is a story told by Seth Godin at his blog.
Wouldn’t it be great if we always had a map? A set of step-by-step instructions on how to get from here to there, wherever we were and wherever wanted to go…
Steve Pressfield relates this magical story:
"A Ghurka rifleman escaped from a Japanese prison in south Burma and walked six hundred miles alone through the jungles to freedom. The journey took him five months, but he never asked the way and he never lost the way. For one thing he could not speak Burmese and for another he regarded all Burmese as traitors. He used a map and when he reached India he showed it to the Intelligence officers, who wanted to know all about his odyssey. Marked in pencil were all the turns he had taken, all the roads and trail forks he has passed, all the rivers he had crossed. It had served him well, that map. The Intelligence officers did not find it so useful. It was a street map of London."
I love this story.
Happy endings come from an understanding of the compass, not the presence of a useful map.
If you’ve got the wrong map, the right compass will get you home if you know how to use it.
What is the 'right compass'? It is a combination of purpose, intuition, sword of clarity, experiential reality, imagination, yes, but most of all it is the information and energy of your 4 feelings that you develop by learning Inner Navigation.
Here is the Experiment: For this next week, find a new way to get to work each day, or school, or wherever you need to get to without asking for directions from anyone. Instead, let your fear, anger, sadness, and joy guide you. At first you may need to allow extra time to make the journey, but whatever it takes, find 5 different ways to get there that you never took before. Write down in your Beep! Book what you observe about yourself while learning to use your inner compass.