On Reverse


There is this great quote I came around recently:

Reverse is often the most important gear

And I'll be honest with ya; it resonated with me deeply.

I like pushing forward. Just like driving a car: you go forward. Forward is the default direction. You can turn, of course, but the main "feature" of the car is going forward. There are six gears that make you go forward, and only one that makes you go backward.

When we're speeding down a highway of succes, of joy, and of fulfillment, it's easy to not notice an upcoming obstacle. The faster we're going, the longer the braking distance. We can either crash straight into that obstacle, or break fast enough to stop & back out on reverse.

Be careful with gears four through six. And don't forget how to use the reverse.

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