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What Exactly Does "Eyes Straight Ahead" Mean Anyway?

Updated on November 7, 2016

Looking Straight Ahead

As humans, we tend to beat ourselves up for decisions we have made, should have made, or didn't make. We analyze situations wondering what could have happened if we would have turned left instead of right, if we looked up instead of down, if we walked a little slower or moved more quickly. By doing this, many of us miss out on a wonderful life that is happening right before us. While we are worrying over the future or considering the past, we are missing the moment that we are experiencing. Instead of living life, we are killing it.

You should embrace who you are and what you can be.
You should embrace who you are and what you can be. | Source

Eyes Straight Ahead: The Birth of a Lifestyle

When I chose to write under the name "Eyes Straight Ahead" and publish my work, I was finally coming out of my habit of looking back and to the side. I realized that I wanted to enjoy who I was at this moment instead of wanting to be skinnier, have better skin, look differently. I wanted to enjoy my talents instead of wishing I could sing or draw or dance. I wanted to accept this person I am and embrace her.

I was reading the Bible, something I enjoy doing, and I came across Proverbs 4:25.

25 Let your eyes look straight ahead;
fix your gaze directly before you.
26 Give careful thought to the[a] paths for your feet
and be steadfast in all your ways.
27 Do not turn to the right or the left;
keep your foot from evil.

As I read this, I realized I had been living my entire life wishing to be someone else instead of honoring who I was created to be. I was busy looking at others, studying magazines on how I should look, watching shows to learn what I should wear, and wishing I was different from what I was. Instead, I wanted to live MY life. I wanted to become who I was designed to be. I wanted to be ME.

I began reading Karen CL Anderson's blog, studying myself and my desires and dreams, looking at the person I had become over the years. I started volunteering with organizations I wanted to help, writing about subjects that inspired me (even if it caused me to look scattered in what I write), and living a life that I knew was helping me get back on the right track.

Do you keep your focus straight ahead?
Do you keep your focus straight ahead? | Source

Eyes Straight Ahead: The Continuation of the Journey

As I made changes, I began to find myself. I began to enjoy living in the moment and focusing on NOW instead of THEN or LATER. I began to realize that not worrying about the future didn't make me careless as long as I still considered it. When you are driving a car, you keep your eyes focused ahead. You look into the future without worrying about what will be there. When you see a traffic jam, you develop a new route. You don't set out on your journey assuming there will be a traffic jam ahead just because you are looking into the distance. Yet, this is exactly what we do when we worry about the future!

So what exactly does "Eyes Straight Ahead" mean and why do I write under this name?

Eyes Straight Ahead is about loving who you are in this moment, in this place, at this time while being conscious of who you are created to be and where you are going. It is about not looking to the left or right and considering who you could have been, or looking back in the past and despising who you were. Eyes Straight Ahead is my way of sharing with the world that we would have better lives if we accepted who are and what we are doing instead of wishing to become someone else.

The Anthem: The Song That Started This Journey

My mantra and motto: See possibility. Hear Hope. Speak love.
My mantra and motto: See possibility. Hear Hope. Speak love. | Source

Make A Decision About Your Journey: Will You Join Me?

Will you join me on this journey? Will you begin loving who you are right now instead of wanting to be someone else? If you already do, will you share with others how you got there? Writers such as Brenna and Karmen have inspired me to write from the heart instead of what the books teach me. Speakers such as TD Jakes, Mary Williamson, and Timber Hawkeye have caused me to reflect without beating myself up. Will you share who has inspired you? Let's walk this journey to being our best selves together. We can lift one another up when we are about to fall instead of waiting until we are trampled and beaten by the stones and holes along the road.

The logo I use for my work as a freelance writer.
The logo I use for my work as a freelance writer. | Source

Where to Join Me On This Journey

If you would like to join me on this journey, stop by my blog to join in the conversation. I would love to hear from you!


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      Shell Vera 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Thank you both for your comments. I am honored you stopped by. I do believe so fully in what I do and how I live! Thank you for encouraging me as I walk this road.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Hello EyesStraightAhead, excellent read! Such an inspirational and encouraging message. You have shared a rich testimony about your blessings as you use your gifts and fulfill God's purpose for you. I look forward to reading more. Very well written. Voted up, useful and awesome.

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      Shelley Watson 4 years ago

      Wow - so powerful. Something I too try to do. You have expressed what you stand for so eloquently that it will reach out to so many. Voted up, interesting, useful, beautiful and shared.

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      Shell Vera 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Thank you for reading, Rock_NJ. I agree about living within our boundaries instead of caring so much about what others and pop culture say. Great comments and insight!

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      John Coviello 4 years ago from New Jersey

      That's a great philosophy to live by. I have come to the same sort of realization in a slightly different way. If I'm upset, I realize it's in my mind and it's best to think positively and focus on the hear and now, rather than dwell in something upsetting from the past.

      We are dealt the cards we are dealt in life. While skill and good decisions/actions can improve how you play those cards, you still have to live within those boundaries. People spend too much time listening to what pop culture tells them they should be, instead of developing the full potential of what they have .

      Thanks for relaying your philosophy. I look forward to reading more of your work.

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      Shell Vera 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Thank you! I look forward to reading your work.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      New to me and so glad you decided to write about the actual meaning of your name when I first saw your name I knew there was something different about it, now I learned more.