The Light in the Middle of the Tunnel?

Posted: March 1, 2013 in Professionally Speaking

I was chatting with a friend the other day about her very busy job and heavy workload. “I’m finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel,” she said. I’ve said it a million times myself but when I heard it this time her statement gave me pause.

Why must we wait for the end of the tunnel to see the light? Yes, I understand the metaphor but if we spend most of our work life in that long dark tunnel what inspires us to keep taking that same route? Is it the sense of achievement that we’ve gotten to the end of the tunnel that brings us back time and time again? Are we achievement junkies? Guilty!

What if there were windows in the tunnel? What if the tunnel was made of glass? Are you even IN the right tunnel?

. . . I get it. It’s just a metaphor about getting things done and feeling good about checking them off the list. A harmless little metaphor but a very powerful way to script our lives. Is it not? How we think about and define our experiences has such a powerful effect on how we see and live our lives. Just a little reminder (from someone sitting on the sidelines) to choose consciously.


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