This (from the lovely picture book Everything Is Going to Be Okay) comforts me. It's quells the humming anxiety, which stems from doubtfulness... am I doing the right thing? Have I made the right decision? Should I be doing something else? What?
Steve Jobs says it best, in his iconic Stanford address:
"You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.
You have to trust in something—your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.
This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life."
* Look out for dots. That is, follow things that are beautiful and interesting.
* Engage in the dot you’re on. Be where you are… Interested, engaged people get noticed and get moved forward by life.
Things don't always make sense. Life can be sore and confusing at times. But if we look at it this way: nothing is a mistake (even if it is). For life only goes forward so, no matter what, we have to press on. There is no turning back. But instead of pushing and fretting, let's just be. Focus upon exploring potential of the "dot" we are on - the place our choices have led us - and be certain that those choices were the best we could have made at the time. Then - trust that once things don't feel right anymore, it's time to move on to the next beautiful, interesting thing. Life is full of them.
"I wish that you may find patience enough in yourself to endure, and simplicity enough to believe; that you may acquire more and more confidence in that which is difficult, and in your solitude among others. And for the rest, let life happen to you. Believe me: life is right, in any case."
— Rainer Maria Rilke