From Now On

Vol 5 . . . No 2 . . . October, 1995


Get lost

One of my favorite passages in the Tao of Pooh is the scene where the group is lost in the woods. When they are exhausted from trying out various direct strategies to find their way home, Pooh triumphantly goes in the opposite direction that makes any sense and ends up just where they want to go.

Sometimes we are so intently focused on where we have been going that we cannot see new paths and new possibilities. Until we let go of that intensity and wander about for a while, we are cut off from surprise and wonder and discovery.

Some will object that this is folly. Others will call it foolishness. And they will be right. There is a reason that kings and queens hired court jesters and fools, but it wasn't just a laughing matter.

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