The Cure Called “The Extra Mile”
A Shortcut-Combo to Peace
As the old saying goes:
"There's no traffic jam on the extra mile."
Many perceive this advice as a merely inclusive business compliment for people who try harder by going "the extra mile." But that narrow perception creates its own traffic jam! The "extra mile" is ultimately a fair hiding place from anything political! And the full equation of going that extra mile becomes an effortless "cruise control" on the road of your lifestyle. It's a psychological cure to others "driving" you crazy! Let's commute the question mark of how.
Without the “extra mile,” life can certainly be a metaphorical traffic jam of horns honking at you. Feel the road rage of mysteriously angry, unethical, pathologically competitive people. And you can't just switch lanes; it's a traffic jam! Your emotional right-of-way is blocked in. Accidents happen (sometimes on purpose) which add defensive-driver reflexes to your stress quota. And all of this... on your way to work! Not to mention the slow pokes, the tail-gaiters, or some intoxicated way of thinking. With all their speeding, failure to "signal," and running stop signs, these annoying people are merely 'going in circles!' Psychology terms them “toxic,” while the Bible terms them "busybodies." Wisdom can call them "the past" because it is somehow possible to simply "drive off!" Simply follow the directions inside your natural desire to go that extra mile.
The only way to effortlessly go the "extra mile" is to work your natural purpose! 2 out of 3 Americans have no idea what they're good at, enduring a self-made traffic. Keep your eyes on the road to discover yourself and your natural talent. And then, slowly but surely do only that. When your real purpose in life is active, you'll never worry about a psychological U-Turn into that purposeless, circular, traffic jam of others.
Directions to real peace? Always strive to rhyme who you are with what you do. And then "going the extra mile" will be just as natural on your way to an independent "cruise control."
This article is inspired by the limo driver to Jasmine "Jazzie" Gem in the mini-mystery Amplified Weapon by the same author.
"There's no traffic jam on the extra mile" - Roger Staubach
(I Timothy 5:13):
Besides, they get into the habit of being idle and going about from house to house. And not only do they become idlers, but also busybodies who talk nonsense, saying things they ought not to.