In Lewis Carrol’s classic, Alice in Wonderland, we find a tale of a young girl who has captured adults and children’s imaginations since 1865. The book tells of a young girl named Alice who falls down a rabbit hole into a subterranean fantasy world. In this fantasy world, Alice discovers peculiar, anthropomorphic creatures who entertain us with tales that defy logic.
In this incredible story, there is one particular character that stands out above the rest. It’s the Cheshire cat. This grinning cat is somewhat of a spirit guide for Alice in the book. He is by far the most helpful of anyone in wonderland, as long as one asks the right questions, and he guides Alice toward the March Hare’s house and the mad tea party, which eventually leads her to her final destination – the garden.
As Alice engages the cat in conversation, we find a compelling dialogue.
Alice: “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
Cheshire Cat: “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,”
Alice: “I don’t much care where-“
Cheshire Cat: “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,”
Alice: “So long as I get somewhere.”
Cheshire Cat: “Oh, you’re sure to do that, if only you walk long enough.”
Although written in fantasy, one cannot ignore the simplicity of the message being portrayed here: a lost girl, a brilliant yet insane cat, and a question of basic human instinct. “Where do I go from here?”
Without question, the most significant journey in life is the journey for purpose. All of us are on a quest to discover who we are and why we exist. Your life’s purpose is the reason why you exist. It’s the reason for being.
There is something profound I’ve learned about my mission. Finding your purpose is more about the journey, not the destination.
Unfortunately, too many people find themselves in Alice’s shoes. Lost and in need of direction. Yet, when faced with the question, “where do you want to go?” – too many people reply like Alice, “I don’t much care where.”
You won’t just wake up one day and have the life you always wanted, or be the person you hoped you’d become. Without clear direction, we are just wandering around life aimlessly, searching for a destination that does not exist.
So many of us walk and walk and walk, but find we’re never getting anywhere. We wanted to be SOMEWHERE, but we never thought enough about where that should be. Where do you want to go? You only have so much time in life. What do you want to say you’ve done with it? Ponder these questions, and ask yourself genuinely, “where do I go from here?”