There’s this thing people do when they get lost. Whether they’re driving or walking, they start going faster. As if just by walking or driving faster they will find their way easier. I’ve noticed it in the people around me and I’ve also noticed it in myself. That sudden increase in speed seems to give us the impression that we’re headed somewhere; that something is happening or that at least we are taking some action. But action in the wrong direction is sometimes even more damaging than no action.
There’s a Zen proverb that says: “Don’t mistake someone who’s moving fast with someone who knows where they’re going.” Next time you don’t really know where you’re going, allow yourself to stop for a second, assess the situation, let the GPS reconnect with the satellite so that when you do take action, you know exactly which direction you’re headed in and you can go as fast as you need.