Why is it some of us seem to know instinctively where to go and others wander around without a clue? Some researchers believe the answer lies deep within the brain, embodied by an actual “sense” of direction that can be resurrected and trained.
For instance, in 1981, R. Robin Baker, Ph.D., a biologist at the University of Manchester, England, reported that blindfolded subjects, when transported to a distant site, could indicate the direction home. Based on his studies, Baker theorized that humans possess a magnetic navigation system that works similarly to the way some birds and fish use Earth’s magnetic fields to find their way during migration, a feat known as magnetoreception.
Although other biologists have been unable to duplicate Baker’s results, it’s undeniable that some people have extraordinary abilities to find their way.
In animals, much of the directional mechanism is inherited, but a lot of it is learned. We humans are likely born with this innate sense of direction, and then either develop it as we get older or lose it from lack of use.
To improve your sense of direction, you need to get out and test it from time to time. No matter how prone you are to get lost, you don’t have to go through life with a GPS in your hand. And what happens when the grid goes down? It will one day you know?
Strategies to help you find your way. It’s best to start out on your home turf.
Study the topography maps of your home town to get the lay of the land. Concentrate on imagining what the valleys, streams, and mountains will look like in relation to one another, and store these images in your memory.
Allow plenty of rest time before and during trips. Studies show the brain is more adept at receiving and storing spatial relationships when well rested.
Practice learning where north, south, east, and west are in relation to your surroundings.
Learn constellations, particularly the North Star, so you can locate true north no matter where you are. It won’t necessarily help you hone an internal sense of direction, but it may help you keep your bearings.
Remember, we’re all in this together,
Credit: Derek P.
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Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with everyone.
Speak the truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have a story.
Avoid loud and aggressive people,
they will vex your soul.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser people than you.
Enjoy your what you do but make no plans for the morrow.
Keep interested in your own thing, being humble;
it is a real possession in the changing world.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroes.
Be of good moral character.
Especially, do not indulge in carnal feelings.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all desolation and illusion
it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly what you’ve learned through the years,
gracefully surrendering the childish things.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden trials.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings of doubt.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of God,
no less than the trees and the stars belong to Him;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the world is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul
and salvation in your heart.
With all its deceit, lies, and wicked men,
it is still a beautiful world.
Strive to be happy, helping others do the same.
Adapted from Desiderata (desired things), 1927
‘When the ocean empties and the land turns blue,
When my path is blocked and I can’t make it through,
When the stars fall down one by one and it rains snow,
When my car breaks down and I can’t find a tow,
I will still stand on my own feet proud and tall,
I will get back up on my feet after the hardest fall,
I will find my way home through the foggiest dim path,
I will always have the strength for a smile and a good laugh.
We walk each day down a narrow and winding road,
We struggle and always seem to survive each life turn,
No matter how big and heavy we always carry the load,
I may fall and crash but I won’t lie there to burn,
Each moment of life contains a lesson to be learnt.
So when at this days’ end I’ll have stood
against perils and sword,
For It is in this life you see, I trust the Lord.’
Credit: Tammy C.
“Whenever something gets you down and all those bad feelings return you have to remember you’re the soldier and this life is your war. Are you going to let life beat you down and keep you there or are you going to fight for your rights?” -Tammy
*Thanks Tammy, wise words.
Modified 11-02-2016: I had originally posted and dedicated this to inspire two new people who interestingly entered mine and my wife’s life. Will spare you the details, but it seems they no longer want any part of our lives, in more ways than one. Ya know, as Christians, we don’t always make the right moves, say the right things, and possibly our beliefs differ greatly from one to another, but at the end of the day, their are no other higher powers to rely on, except for God. There is no other higher than Him. Oh, maybe in your speech, or your thoughts, but they in fact dwell alone. Until we reach out to the One true God, Creator of the universe, then there will always be two sides around every corner. And, in Amos 3:3 it says, “Can two walk together, except they be agreed? ” We just could not agree, us and the now our silent acquaintances. 😦 –Moraldiplomat
Live out each day but not too fast
Don’t plan for the future, don’t live in the past
Smile at strangers and you just might change a life
Offer kisses and hugs even in pain and strife
Don’t count all your money, count all your friends
Don’t look to the dark side as a means to the end
Shake off your stresses, your worries, your cares
This life is a challenge, so take on the dares
Don’t tell people your heartaches, tell them your dreams
Let them know that life can be better than it seems
Don’t number your problems, number the stars
Gaze up to Heaven and see the distance isn’t far
Don’t let your whole life be ruled by your fear
Cherish the memories of all things you hold dear
Don’t hold back the tears as they fall from your eyes
Don’t give in to sadness, or fall for the world’s lies
You can fly with the angels, you can sing in the night
Don’t let your head doubt what your heart knows is right
Whisper a secret to the dawn of the day
Look to the Lord for only He can show you the way
Don’t run from the truth, but accept it with pride
Don’t keep all your feelings sheltered inside
Let your silver turn gold, let your hopes all come true
Pray for other people’s joys and your sorrows will be few
Let the glow in your heart reflect in your soul
So you know what it’s like to have and to hold
Until eternity you see, may you treasure the sights
That this life had to offer, God’s blessings and delights
Search for contentment in each person you meet
Let yourself find freedom, don’t just stand still on your feet
Dance, be at ease, for you’ve got one life to live
Put your heart on the line and give it all you can give
Acts 17:27 “That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: …”
Desperate and helpless and longing, I cried.
Patiently, lovingly my Lord replied.
I pled and I wept for a clue to my fate;
And the Master so gently said, Child, you must wait.
Wait? You said wait? my indignant reply.
Lord, I need answers. I need to know why.
Is your hand shortened or have you not heard?
By faith I have asked, and I’m claiming Your Word.
My future and all to which I can relate
Hangs in the balance, and You tell me wait.
I’m needing a yes, a go-ahead sign,
Or even a no to which I can resign.
And Lord, You promised that if we believe
We need but to ask and we shall receive.
And Lord, I’ve been asking, and this is my cry,
I’m weary of asking, I need a reply.
Then quietly, softly, I learned of my fate
As my Master replied once again, You must wait.
So I slumped in my chair defeated and taught,
and grumbled to God, so I’m waiting for what?
He seem then to kneel, and His eyes wept with mine,
And He tenderly said, I could give you a sign.
I could shake the heavens and darken the sun;
I could raise the dead, cause the mountains to run.
All you seek I could give, and pleased you would be.
You would have what you want, but you wouldn’t know Me.
You’d not know the depths of My love for each saint;
You’d not know the power that I give to the faint.
You’d not learn to see through the clouds of despair;
You’d not learn to trust just by knowing I’m there.
You’d not know the joy of resting in Me
When darkness and silence were all you could see.
You’d never experience that fullness of love
As the peace of My Spirit descends like a dove.
You’d know that I give and I save, for a start,
But you’d not know the depth of the beat of My heart,
The glow of My comfort late in the night,
The faith that I give when you walk without sight,
The depth that’s beyond getting just what you asked of an infinite God Who makes what you have last.
And you’d never know, should your pain quickly free,
What it means that My grace is sufficient for thee.
Yes, your dreams for that loved one overnight may come true,
But oh the loss if I lost what I’m doing in you.
So be silent, my child, and in time you will see
That the greatest of gifts is to get to know Me.
And though oft may My answers seem terribly late,
My most precious of all is still, Wait.
The Author is Unknown — Sent from Charity — Singapore
Ps 37:9 For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.
Roman 5:3 “And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; …”
James 1:4 “But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. …”
Thanks very much Charity