Follow Your Nose – Not Your Butt!

Yesterday was one of those strange days were everything felt off and disharmonious. I don’t know how long I sat trying to figure out the route for my run yesterday but I think I spent more time trying to figure out where to run that I actually did running the 12 miles.

Even a few miles into the run, I had no clue as where I was really going or where I would end up. It was then that I told myself, “Follow your nose – not your butt!” To just keep looking and moving forward, make the route a loop, and don’t backtrack, as I did not have the mental strength yesterday to turn around and retrace my steps. Forward was my only option.

The same lesson applies to life, follow your nose – not your butt. There is only one way to move and that is forward and it never does any good “looking back” or behind you because not only are you not going that way, there is also no way that you CAN go that way; Ever. Like it or not, we are always moving forward in one fashion or the other.

Often in life our paths are unclear and retracing our steps and going back is not an option. The only thing you can do is follow your nose and keep moving ahead. From the simplest to the most complicated of crisis, usually the only route available to us is forward and through and the only way to do that is to follow your nose – not your butt!

Andy Wooten M.A. Counseling – Certified Life Coach – Aspen, Colorado

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