Did you ever have one of those Magic 8-Balls when you were growing up? I never had one, but a friend down the street did. You were supposed to ask Yes/No questions of the ball, then turn it over and a die would float to the surface, revealing your answer.
For whatever reason, we could spend lots of time asking a question, shaking and flipping the 8-Ball, and study our answer. Of course, if we didn’t like the answer, we would just shake it again and get another answer.
On a side note, I always wondered why an 8 ball from billiards was ever supposed to be “magical” in answering questions. I recently read that Brunswick Billiards bought the rights to the toy as some point. So, no, nothing magical about an 8 ball, except for the billiards company being involved!
Anyway, there was this one answer that always left me frustrated: Reply hazy, try again.
Naturally, I would. I’d just shake again and try for another answer. But I remember this one time… I just kept getting the same answer — Reply hazy, try again. So, I kept trying again. And I didn’t get anywhere!
Well, life can be that way. When things aren’t clear, it can be frustrating and paralyzing. If we don’t have clarity about some decisions, sometimes we do nothing.
It turns out that having some clarity helps to make life easier. It helps us to thrive.
But, and this is important, seeking clarity is quite a help in thriving. In fact, when we seek clarity, we tend to find enough of it to move forward. And sense clarity changes over time, you do have to keep seeking it. What was clear… what made sense… at one point or stage in life, may no longer make sense at another point. So, we have to keep seeking clarity — and finding it along the way.
This is the code. The Thrive Code.
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