Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”
Putting blinders on a horse — freeing a horse of distractions by preventing the animal from looking around — or worse — looking back — is a good way to get more production from that horse.
If you’re a creative individual, it’s very easy to get distracted. So many things now a days can consume vast quantities of time. Smartphone. Social media. The News, Movies. Netflix — Focus is difficult. Saying no is difficult. In order to create, in order to achieve — the ability to tune out distractions is a good skill to acquire and perfect.
Luke 9:62 is about looking back. Don’t. This too is hard.
Am I saying never look back? No. Those who fail to learn the lessons of history — or who fail to learn from their personal mistakes will keep making the same mistakes over and over again. Those who can’t see their flaws, can’t work on them. REMOVE THEM. A self audit can be helpful, but regret is never helpful. Guilt is never helpful. You can’t change the past, only the future. Well, that’s not entirely true — a Furai can change the past 🙂 For most the past is unchangeable — Regret or guilt about past mistakes is always a WASTE of time.
One of the challenges I’ve had in the past — a tendency to check too often for web-site traffic, likes, retweets, comments, sales — etc — There will be a time to look back, NOT when you’re busy plowing the field — AFTER you’ve plowed the field! Focus forward on the task ahead!
“Sharks: Keep moving forward; fear nothing. A shark can’t even see it’s own body: it never sees itself; it can’t see behind; it can’t see its body; it can’t see its mouth. All a shark sees is what is in front; all a shark sees is its next conquest. A shark must-always move-forward just to breathe. A fish has gills that work when they’re not moving, not a shark. A shark’s gills require forward-movement; if a shark doesn’t move forward, he dies. A shark’s focus is always what’s coming, never what’s passed. Be like the shark: always look forward, always look to your next conquest, your next goal, never look back. No regrets. No guilt. No remorse. No I wish I: would-a, could-a, should-a- There’s nothing worth lookin’ at behind you. The past does not exist; all that exists is the present. What you do in the present creates the future; this is what matters. A shark’s whole-life is spent looking for his next conquest, his next kill, his next meal, his next goal. Propel yourself forward, at all costs.
If you’re tired; move forward.
If you’re: angry, frustrated, hungry, or overwhelmed — move forward.
A good set of cans is helpful for me — they kind-a look like horse blinders don’t they? Put on a playlist and start creating — WORK.
A Furai is an Emperor and a Samurai. His higher self — the emperor — makes the plans, sets the goals, gives the orders — the lower self — the samurai follows the orders without question and accomplishes the mission.