Our lives are so busy. Much of the time, we schedule ourselves with so many priorities, responsibilities and tasks that we barely have time to breathe. We tend to require ourselves to “do it all”, to be “superhuman”. Therefore, we believe we need to have answers to every question that comes our way and be confident of every next move we need to make to realize success. When we do not have the answer on the “tip of our tongue”; or we do not know which way to turn, it can make us uncomfortable.
Know that it is perfectly acceptable and part of life experience to encounter times when we are unsure, confused or not confident of the path forward. A quote from Dante’s Inferno characterizes this very state, “In the middle of the road, in the middle of my life I found myself within a dark wood not knowing which way to go.” ― (Dante Alighieri, Inferno). Not knowing which way to go can make us feel “off center”. Our natural tendency is to “figure it out”; “come up with the answer” as quickly as we can. But, we need to realize that when we feel lost; sometimes the best response is to “stand still”. I would like to share a poem with you that speaks to this very thought of “standing still”. The poem is called, “Lost,” by David Wagoner.
Stand still. The trees ahead and the bushes beside you
are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here.
And you must treat it as a powerful stranger,
must ask permission to know it and be known.
The forest breathes. Listen. It answers.
I have made this place around you.
If you leave it, you may come back again, saying Here.
No two trees are the same to Raven.
No two branches are the same to Wren.
If what a tree or bush does is lost on you,
you are surely lost. Stand still. The forest knows
where you are. You must let it find you.
The forest is a metaphor for life. There are times in our life when we feel lost, unsure, not knowing what our next move is or on which path we should travel; that is ok. Stand still, slow down, pause and reflect. Quieting our mind and being present enables us to listen for the “still small voice”. Doing this allows us to connect with our inner wisdom which can provide us the insight we need to potentially light our path forward. Stand Still. The Forest Knows Where YOU Are. You Must Let It Find You.